Innovative networking

I was in a doctor’s office the other day when I spotted a copy of the Fall 2007 issue of the Smithsonian Magazine that focused on “America’s Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences.”

I was initially a bit bummed that I was more than 10 years past what the magazine called young (35 and younger), but immediately became fascinated with the stories inside. I even asked the receptionist if I could have the magazine and she said OK.

I haven’t read all of the stories yet, but I have noticed some traits of those great thinkers that apply to network marketing.

• Innovators tend to be people who recognize a problem and devote high amounts of energy to solving it.

In network marketing, we’re often too quick to offer our business as the solution before we find out if the person we’re talking to even has a problem. We should be willing to help people, even if it means telling them they’re better off pursuing something other than our opportunity.

• Innovators are committed people.

MLM tends to attract people who are looking for a “get rich quick” scheme. Those of us who are professional network marketers should make sure we don’t market our businesses in that manner and steer clear of anyone who’s looking for that.

• Innovators find their place and excel there.

Successful network marketers find a system that works and work that system.

Steve DeVane

4 Responses

  1. Gary McElwain

    I’m sorry to hear that we may be considered old today! Considering with all the technical advances going on and life expectancy is getting longer every year.

    I guess we will need to be more innovative in our old age to keep
    the desire alive.

    We just need to keep beating that drum. Thanks for the interesting view.

    Gary McElwain

  2. SteveDeVane

    Gary,

    I plan to live into triple digits so I haven’t even hit middle age yet :).

    And, I like to think of it as experienced, not old. But whatever we call it, we certainly need to keep our innovative spirit.

    Thanks for the comment.

    Steve

  3. SteveDeVane

    Gary,

    I plan to live into triple digits so I haven’t even hit middle age yet :).

    And, I like to think of it as experienced, not old. But whatever we call it, we certainly need to keep our innovative spirit.

    Thanks for the comment.

    Steve

  4. ” Innovators tend to be people who recognize a problem and devote high amounts of energy to solving it.”

    I can definitely see the power in this statement. I would also add, who do not get discouraged.

    “Innovators are committed people.” Very true as well, and yet some innovators are just down right lucky with a concept they had no intention of doing something with, but was more out of humor and that humor caught on.

    “Innovators find their place and excel there.”

    I would also add, “stumble upon” and excel there. However, is find the appropriate word, or do innovator actually discover and create their place and excel there.

    I would almost say create. Steve Jobs didn’t find his place, he created it.

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