Writing this post has been some what like writing an undergraduate essay because I have changed my mind back and fourth so many times. I have analysed, evaluated and interpreted information (which is something that would have been most welcomed by my old Social and Political Science lecturers of time long gone).
So here is my quandary. I felt compelled yesterday that I wanted to write a post on the importance of working and socialising with like-minded people, both in your businesses and your personal life. Since mid November last year I can quite honestly say that I have met with some of the most wonderful, kind, caring, inspired and empowered people that I have ever had the fortune of connecting with.
On many occasions I have questioned the ‘good’ feeling I have in side of me, with questions like:
- How can this be possible?
- How is it that all of these people have just started coming out of the woodwork and why now?
- Where were all these people before?
- Isn’t it really strange that all these wonderful people were not connected before?
- Is this the law of attraction at its best?
- Have we all been hurtling together for years and now we are coming together, a meeting of the minds at last?
- Is this what happens when you start taking action?
- Is the result of making time in your life to be passionate to those things that really matter.
“Having the same ideas and tastes and agreeing mentally”
I don’t want to sound like a nutcase (although I have been called worse) but something is definitely happening right now and I like it. But as you can see all of the above is based solely on my own objective feelings and thoughts, the things that have happened to me.
There is a BIG part of me that feels that working with like-minded people in my personal and business circles is extremely beneficial. I have talked in previous posts about pruning those people that exert negative energies and zap us of our joy and I have definitely seen improvement from limiting the time I spend with these kinds of people.
“resembling or similar; having the same or some of the same characteristics”
So as I was researching this topic of like-mindedness, I noticed that there was very little information on this subject and I wondered why? Surely I can’t be the only person on this planet that feels like this in business? And then I stumbled across an article which flipped my thoughts on their head.
Now because I am a Libra I often find it difficult having an opinion on anything. I have always been kind of happy sitting on the fence, not in a can’t be bothered or uneducated kind of way but in a I can clearly appreciate both sides of the argument kind of way.
So anyway in a blog post I found on like-mindedness the author stated:
“I have often objected to the idea of like-mindedness as an essential part of a community, because it is often a justification of the exclusion and inclusion of people.”
Hmm…I thought, I get what they are saying but I am not sure I agree with them. EUREKA I cry…have I just had my first real opinion in 29 years. Normally I would have said…Oh yes I see what you are saying I can see your point of view….but I didn’t!!
Now, the very idea of me never having had a STRONG OPINION before might seem absurd to you, but genuinely I have never been able to take a sides in my life, sometimes to my detriment when trying to decide on wallpaper or what we should have to eat, but often in a good way, because I have been open to the views of others with open arms and I have learnt to listen well.
Isn’t that the whole point about like-minded communities though? That they only attract a certain kind of person? The communities I have been involved in recently have not been judgemental or exclusionary. They have been places to live, share and ask questions. Perhaps the author was thinking about cultural or religious difference, perhaps they were talking about sexual orientation, belief systems, the colour of a persons skin, their occupation. I don’t know. All I know is that I see people as they ARE, when I think of someone I don’t think about what they look like or what they do for kicks but I see people for WHO THEY REALLY ARE.
Another point of me writing this today was to say thank you to some of the wonderful people that have come in to my life over the last 5 months and so in the style of Gwyneth Paltrow at the Oscars I will be naming some of the many likeminded people for inspiring me, welcoming me, lifting me up when I was down, giving me hope and continuing to shine you light in everything you do.
Watch my special Easter Monday thank you video to you ALL!!!!!
Ok so now that I have rambled on for what seems like an eternity. I just wanted to come back to the idea of like-mindedness in business and especially in Internet and Network Marketing. You see I firmly believe that if you are struggling in your business right now it might just be because you don’t really resonate with your mentor, your sponsor, your ‘friends’.
“Having a like disposition or purpose: the same mind or habit of thought”
You might not even have a mentor. If you feel like you are not really getting anyway with your marketing efforts then there is a good chance that you could greatly benefit from being part of a community that has members that have been through the same struggles, made the same mistakes but who have come out of the other side.
Finding like-minded people means that you have a sound-box to ask those all important questions without feeling that they are stupid questions. You are able to find solutions to everyday tasks, learn how to leverage your time better, learn about blogging and social media and the importance of social branding, learn how to market properly, make friends while you are doing it and most importantly have fun.
Think about it for a second. If you had a problem with work related stress, would you not want to find a group of people who felt the same way, who experienced the same frustrations and who were working together to make a big difference in their lives; and whose ultimate goal was to help and empower others to also get through difficult working experiences.
The differences between today and a 100 years ago is that the boundaries of the world have been knocked down and we are now more able to reach out to people from all walks of life who we genuinely feel comfortable with each other.
I can’t explain the feeling exactly but I know that those who I have connected with most recently all have a similar feeling right now and you have to admit that it’s a good feeling.
I would love to know what your thoughts are. What does like-mindedness mean for you. Have you seen the benefits of working with others that have similar outlooks on life
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