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Building valuable relationships

Your circle of influence can play a large role in building your social currency.

Before you can build strong connections, understand that connections don’t just happen by chance. Everything you say and do is going to impact your relationships with people, and no one will want to form any type of relationship with you if you don’t demonstrate some type of value (demonstrated by what you think and how consistent you are).

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The relationships you build are going to affect you, your business and your life’s trajectory.

In the circle of influence, everything you do is going to influence those close to you. At the same time, everything that people in your circle of influence do can affect you.

When thinking about social currency, understand that you have value.

You may not be able to pinpoint what is valuable about you. But everyone has value. You can be worth $1, or you can be worth $100. The decision is yours.

While our value can be determined by the quality of our connections, it can also be determined by the quality of ourselves.

Develop all of your skills -- and perhaps try to form new skills altogether -- to build your value. You are a social currency, and you want to be the most valuable piece of currency out there. 

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Leverage the power of systems

Probably the most influential step you can take toward creating a consistent practice of success is to invest in the systems that make your life run like a well-oiled machine.

Systems allow you to leverage your and other people’s time.

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  1. Empathy. Give trusted co-workers the benefit of the doubt by assuming the good in them. It goes a long way toward instilling loyalty and trust in you from your team.
  2. Awareness. Care deeply about the welfare of the team members. Don't view them only as cogs in a machine.
  3. Building community. Build community where both employees and customers can thrive.
  4. Persuasion. Rely on persuasion rather than coercion to create internal motivation required to complete the task effectively.
  5. Conceptualization. Servant-leading entrepreneurs focus on the big picture and don't get overly distracted by daily operations and short-term goals.
  6. Growth. Care passionately about the personal and professional growth of each member of the team.
Take action

Don’t allow yourself to become paralyzed, numb or detached during a crisis situation or a traumatic event. And don’t wait for someone else to come and save the day.

Remind yourself that you’re not at the mercy of events beyond your control; you can always do something.