Personal Growth

Get Out From Behind the Computer and Shake a Hand or Two

May 27, 2013

photo by Richard.Asia

Recently, I ran out to some of the local businesses in our area to drop off receipts for advertising they had done in the program for our music school’s Spring concert. I debated whether or not to mail them and not hassle with actually taking the time to do it in person.

But I decided going in person was a chance for me to get out there and be in front of people again so they’d remember me better and be able to put a face to my name and business.

Well, it turned out to be a positive experience. Many of the business owners were very appreciative of me stopping by and told me to let them know if I do something like this in the future. Not only that, I may have gotten a new client out of it too.

If we want to rise above the status quo and do something extraordinary, we’ve got to get out there and meet other people. Yes, we’re in the digital age and you can do a ton online these days. However, many deals, collaborations, and opportunities take place after meeting someone in person.

Claudia and I experienced this after a recent conference we attended. Not only did we get to spend a couple of days with one of our mentors, we made new connections and new friends with some amazing people doing incredible things.

Have you met new people recently? Have you told anyone new about what you’re doing in a while? If not, I encourage you to do so. I think you’ll be met with success from some of those new relationships just like I was.


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  • Joe Lalonde May 27, 2013 at 9:04 am

    I recently met a bunch of great people during Kimanzi Constable’s book launch party. My wife and I made the 5+ hour drive to have fun and connect in person with Kimanzi, his family, and his friends. There’s nothing like that in person meeting.

    • Michael Good May 28, 2013 at 8:50 am

      Joe, that’s great! I remember you mentioning you, Alana Mokma and Kimanzi met up a while ago. It’s neat that you took the opportunity to meet up again. I agree, there’s nothing like that in person meeting.

  • Alex Barker May 27, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I love the new people I’m meeting on 48 days community. I met a guy who helped me create a website for free! I know it’s not in person, but it’s extremely valuable to go where great people congregate. You might help someone or receive unexpected assistance

    • Michael Good May 28, 2013 at 8:48 am

      Alex, is a great community! It’s really neat what Dan Miller has created with that community and all that goes on there. Hope your week is off to a great start!

  • Kale Good June 27, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I just went for a walk in the neighborhood and ran into 4 friends. I
    love teaching guitar, but I really don’t like the part of it that has me
    behind a computer so much. Getting out, seeing people, talking, and
    making connections recharges my batteries.

    • Michael Good June 28, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      Fancy seeing you over here, Kale. 🙂 Same here. It’s amazing how much time on the computer running a teaching studio can take.

      By the way, just switched from Paypal to for my payment processor. Fee’s are a little better and they offer ACH which has basically no fee! Plus, overall Forte offers lots more control and flexibility.