Connecting with people.
It’s the secret to business, life, and success… but right now, we are losing the genuine human connection we should be making with each other in the name of “advancing technologies” in devices that supposedly increase that connection.
Think about it, do you spend more time on Facebook than you do writing a letter to a family member?
Do you text back and forth with someone, rather than making time to eat lunch with them and talking, uninterrupted, face to face?
Whatever happened to genuine human connection?
Have you ever thought about the time you’re missing out on while your life is supposedly being made “easier” by mobile phones, bluetooths, and other connection devices?
Is a Facebook “like” the same as a genuine connection?
Because you have 500 friends on Facebook, are they real friends who would do anything to help you in your time of need? Would you drop everything and do anything to help them in their time of need?
I propose this…
You stop playing on the human gerbil feeder and start reconnecting with people on a deeper level. Yes, that does mean slowing down… moderating your use of technology… actually having a face to face conversation with people (novel idea huh?).
But this isn’t some “checklist” idea… something you can knock off the list as accomplished… you have to make it a habit. I’m asking you to make a big change in the way you value the human interaction.
Which means no more taking a cell phone call right in the middle of the conversation with the person right in front of you… no more texting while driving a motor vehicle… and quit placing value on the fact you have over 1000 “followers” on Twitter (instead place value on the 20 genuine relationships you can build from those 1000 followers).
Humans shouldn’t want to become the machines they are holding in their hands.
Bottom line… your business is about the people that support your business, your life is about the people who support you no matter how successful you become, and your success depends on how well you connect with people on a meaningful basis (and that isn’t because of some “Facebook like”).
So go… create meaningful connections with at least 3 people today. Schedule time to talk with them on the phone (not text, not on your Facebook page etc…). Then, eat lunch with them, slow down, and enjoy life for what it is supposed to be…