I had a fantastic meeting with an accomplished author and speaker today. In the process of establishing this business, I have received a great deal of advice from multiple sources. As you can imagine, the opinions are as diverse as the people giving them. While I believe the best strategy is formulated with multiple advisers, I was becoming unsure of my next steps. The lady I met today brought clarity to what was becoming confusion.

The right connections are critical for success and significance. Effective networking includes an attitude of service. What can you do to add value to the other person? At the same time, it is important to make sure you are making the right connections. While it is important to treat everyone with respect, a successful person optimizes opportunities for synergy.

Sometimes it is necessary to close a door to ensure you are in a position to walk through the right ones. This requires thought and savvy. Take a moment to consider how you are using the hours of your day. Invest in yourself by recognizing the importance of your time and the need to be strategic with it.

You will position yourself for success and significance when you make the right connections. Surround yourself with people who are like-minded and focused. Being charitable is an important virtue; however, you will positively affect the lives of far more people when you are intentional with your networking.