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There’s a power that is unleashed when we connect with others, whether they’re in our industry or not. By creating a relationship with other leaders, we can potentially extend our networks to untold numbers.

And yet many of us struggle with connecting with other leaders, especially introverts who can have social anxiety. That’s why I want to share today 4 ways we can connect with other leaders (And this includes ways even introverts can apply).

There's power in connection

Image by JD Hancock

Who here likes to connect with others? Going out, making friendships, getting to know others? I’m imagining those hands you’re raising. I’m also picturing those who are cringing at the thought of initiating a conversation with a new person or getting in front of a crowd.

Daunting, I know. Connecting with new people can zap a lot of your energy.

Everyone’s got advice on how to live a better life or how to live a life worth living. There’s a spin here, there, and everywhere on this age-old question.

Come on now.. Who doesn’t want to live a better life? I think the answer is NO ONE.

The Wrong Question To Ask

If you talk to a lot of people about living a great life and how you live that great life, you’ll often here one answer.

Live like today is your last day on earth.

They’ll often turn that into a question.

What would you do if you knew today was the day you died?

This sounds like a great question to ask. You’ll run through the scenarios of the last moments of your life and the things you want to do before you die.

Focus. Everyone wants focus.

Focus helps you to niche down and become intent on accomplishing one specific goal. And that’s what we need as leaders.

We need to be able to narrow our vision and focus in on the next steps we need to take.

But how do we do this? How do we find focus and go for it?

Don't miss out on focusing on the most important things

Image by Ben Smith

John Lee Dumas over at Entrepreneur On Fire has a great acronym for focus. Follow One Course Until Success.

Boom! Can you see how this is valuable to a leader? Going straight ahead, following one course, committing to action. It all leads to success.

But with so many shiny objects and, oh squirrel!, different paths to choose, finding focus can be quite difficult. You can also find shiny objects that call for your focus but don’t deserve it.

It’s that time of year again. The Catalyst leadership conference in Atlanta will be happening next week, October 1st through the 3rd.

So many great leaders will be presenting their thoughts and ideas to the crowd of over 13,000 young leaders.

Catalyst Atlanta 2014 Blogger meetup

Lives will be changed at the conference. Destinies will be realized. And an amazing blogger meetup will happen.

Paul Sohn and I have put together a great night on October 1st at California Dreaming in Atlanta, Georgia.

We hope that you can make it out to the meetup. Not only would you get to meet Paul and myself, you’ll have the opportunity to mingle and connect with many other young leaders and bloggers.

We really wanted to make this night special. And we think we’ve accomplished that.

The Shattering Of Trust

September 12, 2014 — 10 Comments

It’s confession time. As a young person, I used to love comics. Like seriously love comic books.

Every Tuesday I would head to the local comic shops: Homerun Comics, Lange’s Sports Connection, Campus Sports, and one other comic book store I can’t recall the name of (But I can recall the owners, the location, and even the smell of the store).

Comics were huge to me. They also caused my trust to be shattered in a way that still sticks with me.

A love of reading and comic books with X-Man Beast

Image by Dashu Pagla

Even today, I can vividly remember the day my heart sunk and I was devastated. What could cause my young heart to be crushed?

The cause was a letter I received in the mail. It wasn’t a Dear John letter or a letter informing me of some tragic event.