It’s very easy to get into the habit of “just running our business” and without realizing it, our cutting-edge company could begin to get stale. It’s easy to see how this happens. We only have so much time to commit to our companies, ourselves, our families and our friends. We can quickly get caught up in our basic routines and these routines will ultimately define us. Before we know it, our daily habits will quickly zap us of our curiosity and creativity and our passionate flame just might dwindle to a flicker.
The best way to relieve ourselves and our businesses of this inevitable trap might be to make a concerted effort to get out of our city, our country and possibly our continent. When you take the leap, be sure to take your business cards and connection-mindset with you and plan on making some real, long-lasting connections. The people you will meet along your journey could be life-altering for both you and your business.
When you travel, go out of your way to try to make new acquaintances and figure out a way to make these new connections last. You will be surprised how many of your connections you could possibly connect them to that might ultimately be helpful to them and their businesses. Make an effort to travel to places that are outside your normal comfort zones. Go to places and scout for new markets for your products or services. Look to make inroads that could forge a new future for you and your colleagues.
Seek to share your knowledge with those that you meet and look to create new connections that could last a lifetime.
Case in point, I was just recently on a trip to Dubai with a mission to connect a Canadian company Dry Shine with some possible new buyers. Once in Dubai, we ended up taking an impromptu trip to Bahrain in order to meet a very influential investor. As it turns out this impromptu meeting turned out to be “THE ONE!” And assuming all goes well, this trip could end up being the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship for all parties concerned.
My business network, Global Direct International, is about connecting companies with buyers and outsourced sales teams from around the world.
What became serendipitous about this trip was when I posted some pictures on my social media about my trip and my former colleague just stumbled upon my post and immediately sent me a message to ask if I could come to visit him in Kampala?
He wanted me to see his new business and perhaps run a meeting for his 100 staff. As luck would have it, I still had a couple of days before my return flight so I jumped at the chance to go see my good buddy and check out his new company.
The two days I spent in Uganda were wonderful. We had a chance to catch up on each other’s lives and businesses and made plans to collaborate on some new projects. In addition, we both started introducing one another to our updated networks which have obviously grown and expanded since we worked together in the UK over 15 years ago.
Even though my flight back was a bit crazy as I ended up covering four continents; I went from Africa to the Middle East and then to Europe and back to North America in 31 hours including layovers. It was a great trip because I’m returning home and back to my business with a fresh perspective, new contacts, new business opportunities, and new ideas.
Most importantly, I was able to re-connect with some awesome business colleagues from the past and establish new business ideas for a more prosperous future for us all.