Networking: ”You can have everything in life that you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”

About a week ago I sent an e-mail to my network regarding helping others and what what goals/projects they have set up for the new year.
I sent it in Swedish to my Swedish contacts, Spanish to the Spanish spoken contacts and English to everyone else. The e-mail went something like this:
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Dear David,
I hope you had a great end of 2008 and the New Year will bring new challenges and opportunities. Personally, I had a fantastic final visiting Panama and I feel full of energy to create a fantastic 2009.
I would also like to share one of my main objectives for 2009, which is helping the people around me and in my networks to be more successful and reach their goals, or as Zig Ziglar said:
”You can have everything in life that you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”
With this in mind, I would like to ask you to please send me a short mail with yout goals and projects you have for 2009. It could be anything from personal goals/projects like getting in better shape or learn a new language to professional goals/projects like selling more products online or reach new target groups. After receiving your goals and projects, I will look through my network to see how I can help you to connect with persons I think can help you achieve your goals.
Finally, I would recommend some resources where you can find information about me and get free advice on personal development and business development strategies:
The Rynge Blog (in English)
• If you do not hear from me and my life, subscribe here or send me an email.
Once again I wish you a great year!
Kind Regards
Ola Rynge
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So why did I do this?
Well there are a few reasons.
1) I really want to help my fellow humans to reach their goal
2) I want the people in my network to think about their goals and what is needed to reach them
3) To market myself and my services
4) To get new inspiring ideas
I have gotten a great response and a possibility to find some connections that might work out really well. As an addition I will probably post a list of things that my network would like to get help on and I encourage you to help them out. 🙂
What are your opinions about this, what could I have done better?

– Ola Rynge
The Rynge Group

3 Comments on “Networking: ”You can have everything in life that you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.””

  1. I just wanted to say I think this is a great idea. You asked for what you could have done better – I would maybe like to see your own goal stated a bit more specific, at least one or your goals, where others can see how they can be of assistance. When you lead by example, it is easier to follow – so that might be an idea for a follow-up letter later.

    I hava a similar approach to life and networking, and it was inspiring to see someone putting words to it and sending it out as a letter to friends and acquaintances.
    /Linda

  2. Linda, thanks for your comments and ideas.

    As a follow up to the e-mail above, I did send out a response to all my contacts who answered the first e-mail, stating 3 personal goals, 3 professional ones as well as 3 ways in which my contacts can help me to reach my goals. Since the information in that mail is more of a personal nature, I have chosen not to post it here. I might reconsider and post it after leaving out some details though.

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