After losing my job (Feb 2009), my friend, Ben Strauss-Malcolm invited me to a “see and be seen” party in hopes I could advertise my availability in the job world. My careers have ranged from working with DragonBallZ to VW of America, from Sales to Marketing/PR, from Dallas to Australia… and finally to recruiting Nurses to work all over the States. I started thinking: I needed a professional way to hand out my information without labeling myself to a specific industry, even though I didn’t have a job! I needed to PR myself. The way I see it, I could either be a “contact” in someones mobile phone… or I could make a lasting impression. Bingo: Connection Cards! There I was, standing in Kinko’s trying to decide how to fill in the template for “Job Title” when it suddenly dawned on me. What do I LOVE to do? What is my PASSION???
To put it simply, I…turn strangers into friends.
I had no idea the cards would be such a hit… so quickly! How do the cards work? Easy. I didn’t know the person 5 min before handing it to them… then I made the choice to introduce myself. People usually chuckle with curiosity and wonder what I do… and that’s where the journey begins
Think about it: EVERY SINGLE PERSON I (and you) know was at one point, a stranger. I’m talking about your best friend from 5th grade to your favorite yoga instructor or Thursday night poker buddy. The guy selling hummus at the Farmers Market to the trainer you bump into at your bi weekly gym session. The girl you rent your apartment from, the guy that sits in a chair 3 seats down from you at the doctors office. Maybe it’s the DJ that now gives you back stage passes or the Chef at your favorite local spot that hooks you up with the Daily Special. Your Hairdresser. The woman buying flowers. The man at Borders that you find yourself sharing words of inspiration while standing in line debating on which books to take home. Somehow, for some reason, a connection was made. Some how, for some reason, this person crossed your path.
I believe a friendship is formed when two people take the time to learn about each other…. and decide they want to know more! Allow me to elaborate: exchanging names is not the start of the journey. That is an acquaintance. Making a connection. Taking the time to discover why they came into your life. THIS is where the action takes place!!!
And, my friends…this part is up to YOU. YES– we actually have the choice! We can choose to meet new people every day! I want to start a movement. I wish everyone would turn strangers into friends… it’s a blast!
How many times have you walked by a guy reading your favorite travel magazine and thought: I wonder where he is going next? Or, the aging man walking next to you on the treadmill– did he have a good day? Your mailman– where does he call home? Did you ever stop to think that all you need to do is ask? It really is that simple. Everyone in life has opportunities but it is what we do with them that sets us apart from each other. So, if that is the case, how can it be luck or chance that brings us to someone? We are brought to people because we made the choice. And, from all the many choices I have made over the years, I sure have learned a lot!
I’m not exactly sure how my posts will go. I might talk about a Friend I met that day. Maybe a Lesson learned. From time to time I will feature a ‘Friend of the Week’. I live each day as a light that reflects the light of others. I love everyone in my world… but some, well, it’s as if I love these people, their values and their talents— AND their positive influence on the world SO MUCH, I cant help but share them with the world, too.
Let the fun begin!