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Are you building relationships with the right types of people?

I recently took a trip to New York city. I was there to get dinner with author and entrepreneur Ramit Sethi, who I would consider a mentor. He’s someone who is much more successful than I am – he basically took a dorm room blog and turned it into a multiple eight-figure business.

He also created Zero to Launch, a course which has had a huge impact on my business (read my review herereferral link).

I could have ended the trip with that one meal, and flown back to San Francisco.

Instead, I decided to set up a couple more events.

I organized a meetup with people who read my blog, listen to my podcast, or who have purchased my products. It was awesome. I still can’t believe over a dozen people showed up on a rainy Friday of Passover and Easter weekend.

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My first Smart Business Revolution meetup at Wilfie and Nell in the West Village, New York city.


In addition, my friend Dorie Clark (who was kind enough to profile me in her great book Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around Itreferral link) put together a dinner with a number of other authors, including Jenny Blake and Dan Schawbel, both of whom have been on my podcast but who I haven’t met face-to-face before.

Dorie Clark dinner New York

(L to R): Michael Roderick, Angela Lowe, Dorie Clark, Jason Bellini, me, Erica Dhawan, Rich Tafel, Dan Schawbel, Jenny Blake, and Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg


In other words, I made the trip go much farther than it would have if I had just done the dinner with Ramit and gone home. And the relationships I forged there will likely be useful for a long time.

So my question for you is – are you making the most of your relationships? Are you working to build relationships with people who are more successful than you, not as successful as you (yet), and finally people who you would consider your peers?

You should be building all three kinds of relationships.

Before I left New York, I recorded this short video talking about this idea:

So are you building all 3 kinds of relationships? In the comments below, share what kinds of relationships you are building now.


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