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Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty

By admin

I’ve had another extremely busy week and I am thinking what will be the subject of this week’s post. I’ve got to get it written because I am determined to maintain the habit of at least one post a week.

I’m thinking about why am I blogging anyway. Why am I taking the timeout of a hectic schedule to do this. The answer is really simple: I’m doing it to broaden my network.

In his book Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty’, Harvey MacKay says,

Diggin a well before you need it. “People are not strangers if you’ve already met them.” And so, the key
to building a meaningful network is in meeting the right people before
you NEED them.

Oh… and once you’ve met them, don’t forget them and don’t let them
forget you.

When life is hectic its easy to not do the the things required to keep in
touch with your network. I’m struggling with that now, however I know
I need to make sure I do the little things like sending birthday cards
and spending a little time often on my Facebook page… consistently.

What are the little things you do to keep in touch? Am I correct in saying
“women seem to be better at this that men”. I’m looking forward to your comments.

Building the Bridge

“If you build a network, you will have a bridge to wherever you want to go.” That’s how Harvey MacKay explains the value of a strong network.

And it’s so true. When you take the time to make connections and build your network, eventually you will always be able to say that you know someone who can help you out. Whatever happens, with a solid network of supporters, you will be prepared to handle anything.

When you’ve got that network of people who will always be there for you (because you were there for them when they needed you), then you’re never alone.

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  1. I agree with you women do a better job then men at this. But we all need to”Dig are well before we are thirsty” and if you are thirsty dig harder lol. The Key to success is successful relationships.

    Be blessed and have success
    Arthur Bernier Jr.
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  2. Hey John,

    I love this! Such great advice — thanks for sharing your knowledge and wisdom :)

    Many Blessings,
    Karla Setchel
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  3. Hi John,

    Can I just remind you that you are awesome for powering ahead with your Blog!

    Keeping up with your network is so important and you are doing such a great job.
    We are all busy and I believe all face the same struggles with keeping up, but today’s social technologies make it so much easier.

    We live in an age now where in 5 minutes flat, we can have caught up on what 5 of our friends are up to via Facebook. While nothing beats face to face, I think the tools we have at our finger tips go a long way to filling in the gaps in between.

    Not sure if women are better at staying in touch so to speak but they do seem better at remembering things like Birthdays, Anniversaries etc :)
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  4. Jeff Jenson says:


    You are so correct with this posting! We must always remember to look at the forest and just not the tree laying across our path.

    Keep up the good work and I look forward to working with you.

    Jeff Jenson
    Member Empowered Tribe

  5. Val Wilcox says:

    You’re correct when you talk about the networking possibilities of connecting via social media and blogging. The value you share is what brings people back time and time again.

    I wouldn’t say women are better at networking, we just do it differently than guys do. I’ve seen both women & men doing a great job of networking.

    Glad I stopped by,
    Val :)
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  6. Hey John,
    Great advice. It is great that you are so committed to building your network. Building relationships is the key to any business.

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  7. Wendy MacKay says:

    Hi John,
    Good post. I am currently reading “The compound Effect” by Darren Hardy and the whole book is on the concept of being consistent with your commitments and keep moving forward. One step at a time builds success!
    I tried to join your RSS feed but it says the email response is not connected.
    One tribe member to another, keep up the great posts,
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  8. Evan Gould says:

    hey John…great insights, and thanks for making me aware of Harvey MacKay’s book.
    Re: What are the little things you do to keep in touch? Am I correct in saying
    “women seem to be better at this that men”.
    hmmm…1st I’m going to say that I think women in general are better at ‘connecting’, at least at the ‘heart’ level, than most men.
    For me…I struggle because ‘life stuff’ doesn’t allow much time sometimes, but I know that’s a lame excuse!
    I’m pretty good at short phone calls…text messages…e-mails, to keep my relationships ‘alive’.
    And I just got a new (barely used) Mac…yay!… because up to now I haven’t been able to video message, or Skype…so I’m excited about that.
    You’ll see my friend request on FB…and I look forward to more of your writing.
    Have a blessed day!…evan

  9. Hello John,
    Wow! “…a bridge to wherever you want to go.” I needed to read this, hear this, live this! Thanks for the great reminder. It is easy for me to get swallowed up in the Social Media Hemisphere without making a regular effort to build and develop a network of people. You have done an effective job of distilling Harvey MacKay’s information. Great Post!
    To Your Success! Jay
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  10. Beth Allen says:

    Hi John~ I love that quote from Harvey MacKay ….“If you build a network, you will have a bridge to wherever you want to go.” …..that pretty much sums it up! My best friend just had a chance to interview Harvey last month….what a brilliant man! And he’s one of the best connectors ever. That is what a network is all about. Who do you know who can help a friend when they need something? There is nothing more rewarding that referring someone to someone else and seeing how well it turned out! And of course, what goes around comes around. :)

    Congratulations on sticking to your commitment to blogging….I’ve been doing that now for exactly a year and it has dramatically expanded my network both personally and professionally. You are doing a phenomenal job!
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  11. admin says:

    Wendy, thanks for advising me that you had a problem with my RSS feed.

  12. Hi John,
    Building and then nurturing our networks is one of the most important things we can do throughout our lives, with business and with friends. I used to write letters all the time, but with the switch to email, video, and social media, I find I keep in touch with loved ones far and wide with these methods more than any other. In fact, I cannot remember the last time I wrote someone a real letter! Don’t know if that’s good or bad? Just reality.

    I am pleased that you have followed through with your commitment to blog at least once a week. Like saving a little bit of money from every paycheck, over time you will see some fantastic growth…with wonderful dividends coming your way!

    Mary Lou

  13. You certainly are committed to building a network…and with the sage advice of someone like Harvey Mackay, who can go wrong?

    Thus far I can see that the bridge from Australia to the Americas has been built which is no small feat! LOL! I’m sure your determination will see you through.

    It’s not always easy to write your blog every week with everyday life as happenstance is and maybe but I think quality really outshines quantity. If what you’re saying makes a difference they will be back… And you write a good post!

  14. This is so important especially in this day and age when there are so many people looking for work. This is such an untapped resource, it can really change your life.

    Thanks for this post, you and Harvey MacKay are AWESOME.

    Take care
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