I listen to the John Tesh radio program in evenings when I’m driving in the car. He talked about this, then someone gave me a paper to read that had the same info, and I thought… okay this is something I should pay attention to.
(Who’s Got Your Back? by Keith Ferrazi)
Most people want more out of work these days than just a paycheck. Like no other time in history, people are taking the search for meaning in their work more seriously.
People who have a best friend at work are 7 times more likely to be engaged in their jobs. In fact, if you have close friends at work whom you respect, your employee satisfaction level increases by 50%, you’re happier with your benefits as well as your paycheck.
Behind every great leader, behind every success, you will find an indispensable circle of trusted advisors, mentors and colleagues. These relationships are quite literally why some succeed more than others.
There is a good chance you’ve already experienced the power and potential of lifeline relationships at some point in your life.
Whether you are running a country, a business, or a household, you can’t know everything you need to know to be successful — no one can. We need the advice and feedback of people we trust.
As a society, we’re crying out for more community, more help, more support and advice. As individuals we are looking for lifeline relationships anywhere we can get them, even if we have to buy them (life coaches). And its not going to go away.
The internet is an important tool, with countless ways to coordinate and connect us, but connections are not lifelines. We might have more friends than every but we are still damn lonely!
So what does this mean for you? To increase your success, build lifeline relationships. Be proactive, don’t wait for them to appear in your life, make a conscious effort to surround yourself with your “tribe”.
Evaluate the people around you. Start with 3 core relationships in the next 3 months, find people who will invest emotionally in you, who will support you, push you farther, and hold you accountable to change. You can usher new lifeline relationships in your life, starting today. It may require some new mindsets, behaviors and strategies, but in the end it requires a choice — to stop going it alone and let others in.