Over time as a business education teacher, I have grown my network across many professionals in order to bring their knowledge to my students and colleagues. The thing that makes me the happiest in life is helping connect young people with professionals and others who can help them excel in life. There is nothing in this world better than helping someone out who is hungry to learn and try new things. Nothing.
With that being said, I wanted to pass along some advice for young people out there to succeed faster. I will get to that in a moment. I recently got a text from a colleague who is looking for someone to do some video work. I have a lot of young people who “do” video and photography. This person wanted someone who needed to build their resume and there would likely not be a large sum of payment if any. I immediately had two candidates in mind (we will call them candidate 1 and candidate 2). They were both in the initial stages of their journey in their craft. I had to decide who I was going to pass along to this colleague in need. It just so happened I received a call from another business owner the evening before who I consult for and we had a conversation about candidate 1. This particular business owner was trying to get a hold of candidate 1 and ask a few questions. After a few days of leaving messages and texting this person, the business owner thought to reach out to me and see if I could find candidate 1. I hadn’t talked to candidate 1 in a while. I did know that his tendencies were to be a little unorganized and follow through was a challenge for him once in a while. I let the business owner know that this was the case and he would likely need to seek out another avenue for his business at the moment.
Back to the colleague in need of video work… that left candidate 2. This young person is one who grinds everyday. This kid is consistent. I have seen his work… as a matter of fact I have purchased his video services myself. He does great work. In all honesty, both candidates did great work which I purchased myself. There was one MAJOR difference in the candidates however. Candidate 2 followed up and was consistent way more than candidate 1. Like I states, both did amazing work. I handed candidate 2’s information to my colleague in need.
The point here is that success can be summed up in one sentence.
"Do what you say you are going to do when you say you are going to do it."
It’s really that simple. Be consistent with that with everybody you meet. Everybody. You never know when you will run across a situation in which another person gets asked about you. If you don’t do what you say you are going to do when you say you are going to do it, you will be passed over on many opportunities.
It just so happened that two more professionals reached out to me the following morning to find someone in the video field and I handed them candidate 2’s info as well.
Another way to #disrupteducation.