Although this blog is about extraordinary networks, I confess that the phrase “extraordinary networks” is an oxymoron. There is nothing about a “network” that is extraordinary. We may be connected to extraordinary people, know a lot of people, or perhaps just a few incredible people, and none of that necessarily leads to an "extraordinary network."
There is no deception here, just an intention to clarify that a network represents possibilities, extraordinary possibilities... The extraordinary network embodies the art of creating with others to make an extraordinary difference in their lives, and to make an extraordinary difference in your own.
There’s a big difference, and then there’s an Extraordinary Difference.
Many things can make a difference in our lives. Wealth, education, travel, and time are just a few things I often her people say they want more of, in life. Most of us probably believe that having "more of" these things in life will make us richer, smarter, more sophisticated and even happier. Sorry to be Debbie Downer here, some people have all of these things and it doesn’t make a difference, they're still miserable.
Your circumstances won’t necessarily make you extraordinary.
Extraordinary is who you get to be in the face of any circumstance (e.g. wealth, job loss, career, etc.). Being extraordinary occurs as though you've got it all, even when you don't. Is extraordinary is who you are when you take actions and produce results regardless of your circumstances.
An extraordinary difference is created from the impact you have on life. It’s a contribution to another human being. It's the value you choose to bring, just because you can.
Most people don’t see themselves as extraordinary, and yet each and every one of us has the unique and remarkable capacity to make a difference for another human being.
Making An Extraordinary Difference
Making an extraordinary difference is about who you choose to be in very ordinary moments.
Imagine being inspired, not because someone is inspiring you but because you know what is to be someone who inspires another. We've all done it. There is someone in your life, right at this moment who looks up to you, is inspired by you, wants to be like you.
An extraordinary network happens in the ordinary moments when you allow others to see how extraordinary you really are.
Rule for the Week: Relationships require someone extraordinary - be that someone!