is the art of cultivating relationships, and this is
often a long, ongoing process. Here are a few tips to
keep in mind:
is important. That struggling,
unemployed bag of nerves in the corner may turn
around in a year or two and become a calm, key
player in this unpredictable business.
are important. You have useful skills
and talents. If you value yourself, others will
yourself with confidence. Let people
know who you are and what you can do. But
remember not to cross the fine line between
eagerness and aggression.
people you need may need you, too. Dont underestimate the value of helping out
in someones office, running an errand or
painting a set. Favors are often returned
in this business. (Its worth the gamble.)
open and flexible. Resist that easy
impulse to dismiss someones request
a moments thought might call to mind
somebody who knows somebody who could help.
specific. State exactly what you need in
a clear, specific way. Vague needs and unclear
requests are hard for others to deal with, in any
kind of relationship.
conscious. We all tend to filter out
important information that could be of help to
us. Listen carefully. Listen consciously. And
hear the intention as well as the words.
in touch with your true beliefs. Your
beliefs will shape your attitude and your
attitude will influence your outcome. If you
believe the resources are out there, you will
find them; if you doubt and feel discouraged, you
may block your own way.
can be a person-by-person pathway that leads to your
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