How many times have you heard the phrase “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”?
 
Now, I could go into how what you know is just as important; but the truth is, who you know can be far more powerful. The “what” can always be taught, but the “who” can propel you to the front of the line.
Throughout history there have been thousands of men and women who have been in the top 1% club. And, honestly, there seems to be a lot of mystery surrounding how they were able to achieve this level of success. What’s more is that some of these men and women didn’t even have a high school education: Henry Ford, Debbi Fields, Coco Chanel, Andrew Carnegie, and so many more. 

These giants of commerce knew something the masses did not:
 Your network determines your net worth.
 
If you read any of their stories, which I recommend you do, you’ll discover that their luck changed when they were introduced to the “right” people. So, if you want the same advantages of the top 1% you need to meet more people! And, not just any people—you need to make an effort to meet people who are where you want to be and know what you want to know. 

In 2017, focus on increasing the size of your network.
 Here are a few suggestions:
  • Attend Events, Seminars, Conferences, Business Lunches, etc.
  • Get a Coach or Mentor
  • Join online and in person memberships and groups
And of course, one of the most inexpensive ways to build your network is through coworking spaces. While sharing a workplace and equipment, you also have opportunities to share ideas, knowledge, and personal connections.
 
The great Jim Rohn once said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
 
It’s your time to put yourself out there, invest in your dreams, and step up to the next level. Never underestimate the benefits your network can provide.
 
Here at Creative Coworking, your success is extremely important to us. Check out our memberships and start getting those 1% benefits today. 


—Jerusalem Singleton, Creative Coworking intern