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How to Boost Your Success Through the Daily Discipline of Networking

It’s time to shift our approach to networking because the reality is, people play a part in our achievements and pursuit of goals



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We’ve been told that our network is everything in life. It makes sense that the larger our network, the greater our exposure to the world. Additionally, the people we surround ourselves with will directly impact our experiences and opportunities. 

So, why is it that we don’t prioritize networking as a daily, or even weekly, task or goal?

Perhaps we believe that networking is more of a serendipitous phenomenon, or a task reserved only for “networking events.” Perhaps we’re intimidated by the process of networking and feel it’s only for extroverts or sales professionals. As a result, we default to relying on the organic growth of our network through friends, family, and co-worker introductions. 

Well, it’s time to shift our approach to networking because the reality is, people play a part in our achievements and pursuit of goals. And, if done with consistency, it can get us a job, an opportunity for promotion, access to talent, or even a soulmate.  

High performers in the skill of networking understand the power of a large network. They realize the value it brings and have developed an intentional disciplined approach to networking. They’ve built specific time into their daily routine to network. 

The consistency and discipline in their networking routine results in a networking habit, which pays them weekly dividends in access to talent and opportunities. This habit fuels the expansion of their talent pool, which drives their learning and growth. 

They also utilize their networking skills to gain access to decision makers, which propels achievement of their goals.  

It’s clear that growing our network has tremendous positive benefits, but how do we begin to establish a fun, daily discipline to networking? 

Below are five tactical applications you can use to not only establish a daily discipline to networking, but make it fun and purposeful as you navigate the social waters of career and life.  

1. Understand the essence of networking

At its core, networking is relationship building in order to establish a connection with individuals with whom we can share, learn, and provide mutual benefit. Relationship-building can be accomplished by focusing on two networking vehicles, digital and social networking. 

Digital networking requires a platform, such as email or LinkedIn, and allows you to discover individuals with unique talent or career positions that you’re interested in. 

Social networking is live, human-to-human interaction that generally requires a specific event or environment.

2. Calendar block: Make time to network

Unless you’re a person who has two or three networking events each week, you’re going to need to build time into your daily schedule to network. This will build a foundation for daily discipline in your network routine, ultimately forming a habit. Select a time that works well for your schedule and create a 30- to 60-minute time block for focusing on this essential task.

“The true value of networking doesn’t come from how many people we can meet but rather how many people we can introduce to others.” – Simon Sinek

3. Establish your digital outreach

Your approach to networking via digital platforms is important to your networking success. One key to a successful approach is to ensure that your digital profile is up to date, engaging, and shows your value through its display of your experiences. 

Tell your story through hobbies, certifications, and career experience, and be sure to sprinkle in some personal history and anecdotes. If you’re concerned about how your profile looks, ask a close friend or family member who knows you well to point out areas that you should highlight or remove.   

Once you’ve polished your profile, create your outreach message. This message should be genuine, clear, and without tangential fluff, such as: 

“Hi Sarah, hope all is well. I noticed you [are skilled, have a background, hold a position] in “X”. I’m always looking to connect with interesting people in order to share and learn. Would you be open to connecting? My [background, skill, talent, role] may be beneficial to you [or your company] in the near future.”  

Remember, your approach isn’t about what you need, but what you can provide. Write it using this mindset to ensure your approach is genuine.

4. Do your research

Who do you need? What skills are you looking for? What goals are you trying to achieve? Networking should be strategic, so do your homework before reaching out to someone. Because of the many search features built into digital platforms, your approach to networking should be strategic and implemented with intention to gain knowledge, talent, or access to individuals.

5. Search out fun ways to network socially

Not all social networking must be conducted at “networking events.” Take a fun approach to the social side of networking and reach out to interesting people that you see every day. The local coffee shop or restaurant manager is a great place to start. 

Why? Because they know hundreds of people from all different walks of life with whom they engage daily. Once they’re part of your network and they know who you are and what you do, there may come a day when they say to you, “Hey, I know a person you should meet.” 

Your network contacts become your connectors. You can also become a connector for others when you introduce them to people in your network. 

Like anything in life, practice and consistency lead to experience and confidence. Establish your new networking discipline today, and in one month’s time you’ll see compounding growth and the positive impact on your performance that a large network provides.  

Aaron Salko, Founder and Creator of The 9th Stratum, is a Sales Management Professional with the innovative solutions-based company Stephen Gould. Salko’s expertise is in talent development, innovation, creativity, and organizational growth. For more than two decades he has focused on human performance in both career and life, exploring how the science and mechanisms of human behavior, psychology, social interaction, and human physiology apply to performance. His new book is The 9th Stratum: Your Guide to High Performance. Learn more at

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How Your Beliefs Can Supercharge or Sabotage Your Success

Your life is dictated by beliefs and biases that drive your thinking, behaviors, and decisions



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How to Break the Cycles of Mediocrity and Manifest Your Greatness

There is no greatness without becoming and there is no becoming with authenticity



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In just a few weeks, we will be wrapping up 2023. Can you believe it? This year has been absolutely incredible for me.

I have seen amazing doors opened, new relationships formed and I am seeing dreams realized in my life. While this seems like the hallmarks of a great year, this has also been the most challenging year of my life. With all of the change happening in my life, I have been forced out of my comfort zone and challenged to grow in every area of my life.

I can truly say that I have made the most of my moments this year and I have used everything as a catalyst for maximizing my greatest potential.

As a revolutionary leader, I have the pleasure of consulting and advising leaders around the world to fulfill purpose, realize their greatest potential and make an impact.

I want to share some insights with you that will help you to break cycles of mediocrity and manifest your greatness

Everything legal must come through the matrix

I am sure that some of you are wondering why I am using the term matrix. However, what you have to understand is that I am trying to make a highly complex spiritual principle practical to understand.

Regardless of your spiritual beliefs, every life has an origin and I believe that origin is divine and begins with eternity. You are birthed from eternity and into time to fulfill a unique purpose and assignment in your lifetime and generation.

The matrix is simply the portal or vehicle that brings something out of the invisible realm and into tangible form. The problem with much of the teaching today is that it excludes the matrix. We are told to believe that success is instantaneous and overnight.

Nobody talks about how a dream progresses through stages beginning with visualization and ultimately culminating in manifestation. Without a matrix or portal then everything that you attempt to birth and build will be illegal.

The matrix not only makes you legal but it gives you the authority and power to function as the greatest expression of who you were created to be. 

Every matrix has an incubation process

While many people admire and respect me today, I remember a time when nobody knew who I was or the significance of my message. How did I get to where I am today? I got here through an incubation process.

In other words, everything that has been destined for your life is incubating and awaiting a set time of manifestation. The problem is that most people live their entire lives idle and never initiate the incubation process.

What do I meany by that? Most people are living reckless and very few people are living intentionally. I am amazed at the number of people I have conversations with that have no vision, goals or strategies for their lives. They show great promise and they have undeniable potential.

However, without development they will die with their dreams still in them.

Everything that has been destined for your life must be incubated and converted to become realities born to time. 

“Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blueprint and begin to build.” – Robert Collier

You must give expression to that which is not yet born to time

When you think about a matrix or a prophetic incubation process, you have to understand that potential is often unrealized and untapped. In other words, your potential is in raw form and your potential cannot serve you as long as it is untapped.

The thing that makes me valuable is that I have the ability to convert potential into power. I have done it in my own life and I have empowered leaders around the world to do the same. How do you convert potential into power?

First, it is important to note that you have to perceive potential. If you cannot perceive your potential then you can never cultivate your potential. In addition, you must take the time to cultivate your potential. We often get excited about our capabilities; however, we never expand our capacity in order to realize our greatest potential.

In other words, the strength of your potential is only discovered through your willingness to stretch. The more we are challenged the more we are empowered to expand our capacity for greatness. Most of all, you must begin to express your potential. The expression of potential is different for every person.

For example, the expression of my potential is best demonstrated through the thoughts, ideas, products, services, books, etc.

For another person the expression of potential may look like a screenplay, artwork, sports, scientific discoveries, medical breakthroughs, etc.

Regardless of the form of expression, I know that you will live empty and unfulfilled until you make the decision to express your potential. The expression of your potential gives voice to your dreams, life to your vision, significance to your moments and activates your true power.

You must manifest your greatness

As a revolutionary thinker and leader, my work has impacted people around the world. I am grateful that my life is a source of empowerment to so many people. However, before anyone could ever benefit from my life, I had to make a non-negotiable decision to become who I was born to be.

I wish I could tell you that this journey is easy and that you will get there overnight. However, in a world that celebrates us for doing we are often criticized for being. As a result, I wasted a lot of time trying to be who other people wanted me to be instead of being who I was born to be.

There is no greatness without becoming and there is no becoming with authenticity. It is through our bravery to be vulnerable that we ultimately manifest our greatness. We do not bless the world by being a duplicate. We bless the world when we honor our difference. When you honor your difference you honor your potential.

Ultimately, your difference is how you manifest your greatness.

When you present anything but your authentic self to the world, you are playing small and you are robbing the world of your significance. Manifesting your greatness requires you to master your gifts.

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if you have a leader who displays any of the toxic traits, it’s time to move on to greener pastures.



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