Networking Tips – The 6 Life Building, Networking Lessons that Were Hard wired into me in the Wild Jungles of Costa Rica
By Ryan Biddulph
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Immeasurable pain stared me in the eyes.
A bullet ant – the creature with the world’s most painful insect sting – had climbed onto the sink….But what has this got to do with Networking Tips for beginners? Well hang on to your bootstraps while I deal with this beast…
His inch-long body and gaping jaws greeted me when I tried to do the dishes.
One dirty dish towel whip later and he flew into space, finding himself in the jungle canopy.
I avoided being bit/shot/excruciating pain for a few days.
But poison dart frogs were a dime a dozen in the place.
As were other creepy crawlies.
On the flip side, we enjoyed mornings of watching peaceful 2 and 3 toed sloths, Howler monkeys, Capuchin monkeys, toucans, oropendola and Mealy Amazon parrots chill out in the jungle canopy on the property.
For 6 weeks a while back my wife Kelli and I did a house sit in a remote Costa Rican jungle on the Caribbean side of the country.
We were a 3hour hike from humanity, needing to pass 4 streams, a mile-high mountain with a 35% grade in some spots and mud so deep and suction-like that we sometimes found ourselves buried up to our knees in the stuff.
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Networking Tips for Business Owners #1 – Strength in Numbers
10,000 invaders assaulted the hut one morning.
I woke Kelli and told her “The exterminators have arrived. And they are working for free.”
A monstrously large colony of army ants took over the home and surrounding property, covering a 100-square meter swath around the hut.
Scorpions, centipedes, spiders, wasps and cicadas headed for the hills, sprinting from the murderous horde.
I counted 8 scorpions – which I had not previously seen – clinging to the ceiling for dear life while the soldier ants and scouts dismembered wasp larvae and any sentient being that got in their way; save Kelli and I.
The army ants attacked, butchered and ate virtually everything in the area.
I was in awe of these guys, but I also learned a sweet networking tip or lesson; there is immense, unstoppable, overpowering strength in numbers.There is immense, unstoppable, overpowering strength in numbers. #networkingtipsforsuccess Click To Tweet
Every single success I experienced in life flowed to me through my friends.
Without trusted, supportive friends my blog would be as dead as the scorpions that the army ants butchered.
You can only do so much as one human being. But 100, 1,000 or 10,000 friends can promote you, endorse you, leverage your presence. They can hire you, buy your eBooks, products and can become a tribe that expands your success far beyond your wildest dreams!
Serve people. Tweet people. Comment on their blogs. Help as many niche influencers and successful people in your niche as humanly possible. Many of these folks will help you in return as you befriend one another, expanding each other’s reach far and wide.
Networking Tips for small business owners #2 – Clear the Path
Every day I hacked away at heavy brush on the property with a machete.
Sometimes vegetation would grow almost an inch a day in this humid, jungle environment.
When the homeowner arrived after a few months away, he had to contend with 6 to 7 feet of vegetation around his home. He was barely able to see over the brush before he macheted the vegetation down to manageable levels.
I had to clear a path before I walked anywhere in this place.
Networkers need to clear their path too before engaging in quality, successful networking.
Here’s how: instead of commenting on any blog or working any network or using any one approach to meet and greet folks you will experiment with and let go what doesn’t work to find room for what works.
In essence, you will be clearing the path to networking success, trimming the fat to become a lean, mean networking machine.
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Networking Lesson #3 – Break…or Break
I cried. Tears poured down my cheeks.
The physical and emotional breakdown was imminent. I’d pushed myself. Way beyond my mortal coil’s limits.
One day, because I was so bored and fed up with living in isolation with nothing to do I walked the Rhodesian Ridgeback (the NAVY Seals of the canine world and most intense dog I ever met, named Thunder.) We were walking for 6 hours through rugged terrain, up mountains, down streams, through dense jungle and into the next town.
After long daily walks, eating a few hundred calories a day because we could not refrigerate anything. Sleeping 3 to 5 hours nightly due to poor sleeping conditions. (Crappy plastic sheet for mattress, mosquito net, being attacked by bugs, sweating, worrying whether I’d be eaten by something. Maybe bats would fly into my head when I walked outside to take a leak while fer de lanzes and other lethal snakes waited in the woods),
I physically and mentally broke down one night.
Intense back pain. Cried like a baby.
I cleared out the lower energies. I realized that I needed a break. So, for our last week in the place, I sat in a hammock and let the dog walk herself. I literally did nothing save walking from bed to hammock, eating and using the outhouse some 40 feet away from the hut.
I didn’t take enough breaks, so my body and mind broke.
Networking dynamos know; if you don’t break, you will break. Like I did.
Networking dynamos know; if you don’t break, you will break. #networkinglessons Click To Tweet
Working from a lower energy, desperate place for 10 to 15 hours daily, for months, leads to mental problems, physical illness and totally saps your creativity.
Consider taking 1 day off from networking weekly. Break for 5 to 10 minutes every hour. Relax. Chill. Work from a fun, inspired, peaceful, loving space.
Raise your energy. Connect with leaders. Enjoy the ride. 😊
Networking Tips #4 – Let Go Non-Matches Immediately
1 day a week we would head into town to buy food, so we would survive.
For the first 2 weeks that town was Puerto Viejo. But after a few visits to an overpriced, underwhelming, kinda dumpy town we decided to release on that non-match.
Instead, we paid less money for a hotel in authentic, closer Bribri. Good eats. Nice shopping. Virtually zero tourists. All Ticos.
In the networking game, you intuitively know when you have a match, and when you do not have a match. Inner world thing.
Instead of forcing your way into partnerships that were never materializing in the first place, let go of folks you don’t vibe with to make room for good, mutually beneficial matches!
The goal is not to work with or partner with as many folks as possible. The goal should be to find and connect with as many matches as possible, or people with a similar vision and positive, loving, fun energy.
Why do you think I’m writing a second guest post for Julie & Paul? They rock! Awesome energy. Julie Syl is an inspired person and her brand is about succeeding while having fun. Which is what I’m about with my life and brand.
#5 – The Sweetest Fruit/Friends Wait at the Top of the Hill
Kelli sent me to the hills. For one of our rare jungle thrills.
I’d hike even HIGHER up a hill on the property through deep, lush jungle to get sweet oranges for snacking, and for turning into fresh orange juice.
Make no mistake about it; I had to bust my ass to get up there, hacking away at foliage with a machete, sliding up and down a muddy, foot wide path on a cliff with a 50-foot drop. One day I even knifed through an army ant colony making this trek, almost falling off the cliff to avoid being stung into submission.
But the sweetest fruits were well worth the perils of the journey.
All the big dawgs you hope to meet and greet in your niche are at the top of the hill and require the most generosity, mindfulness and happy hustle to connect with. No way around this; if you want to network with the big dawgs of your niche ya gotta climb that hill.
Just be thankful you don’t have to deal with army ants on the networking climb, OK? Or do ya…Watch your back I did say!
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Networking Tips #6 – Your Best Networking Happens in Silence with Nobody Around
This one really screwed with my mind. May mess with yours too.
I generated fantabulous networking ideas for connecting with blogging big dawgs when alone, in silence, 3 hours away from humanity, as I spent 6 weeks in Buena Vista.
I was featured on each world-renowned site while hacking at vines with machetes, fighting off bullet ants and traipsing through collections of poison dart frogs.
I also thought of a few neat ideas for optimizing my networking campaign, from renewing my blog comment strategy to finding a refreshed, energized fervour for guest posting again.
Sometimes, you will cyber meet and greet a ton more folks by relaxing, detaching and getting away from it all.
What networking tips for entrepreneurs did you learn today?
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More About Ryan Biddulph:
Ryan gave up his boxed, restricted, boring life back in New Jersey and “retired to a life of island hopping,” to inspire others to do the same through smart blogging. He has travelled all over Asia, South and Central America, Europe, and is based in Bali. In his own words:
I’ve successfully engineered an island hopping, globe-trotting lifestyle based solely on my blogging income.
I’ve been able to retire from my 9-5 job to become a full time professional blogger.
My blogging success has afforded me the ability to live for months in places like Fiji, Bali, Costa Rica, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, Peru and Nepal.
My first 2 blogging eBooks were endorsed by world renowned business genius Chris Brogan, a New York Times Best Selling Author and business adviser to brands like Coca Cola, Disney, Google, GM, and luminaries like Richard Branson, Paulo Coelho and Tony Robbins.
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