Challenging yourself to meet 100 new people is beneficial for all areas of your life. Social capital will penetrate different layers of everyday reality, regardless of whether you personally feel the impact.
Out of sheer principles of probability, there is an undeniable chance that among 100 people, you will find at least one unbelievably amazing person.
That certain someone may change your life by becoming one of your best friends, a lover, a business partner or someone whose presence in your life is short-lived. The bottom line is, he or she will impact your life.
The most important thing to emphasize is that the practice of accumulating your social capital is not a one-way street. You have to give back the energy others give you. We are not talking about using people. Rather, this is about creating bonds and friendships.
Imagine some of the best moments of your life. Whether it's that trip of a lifetime or graduating from school, I am sure at least one moment you cherish was one you shared with good friends or someone special.
Would the moment in question have meant less to you if you didn't share it with someone you hold dear?
Family aside, we usually meet people randomly throughout our lives, especially when we are young and open to creating new connections. The challenge of setting a goal to meet 100 new people is simultaneously easy and hard.
First of all, it will change your life as you will have to leave the comforts of your safe harbor.
For an avid networker, this may not feel uncomfortable -- until it's time to take the second and third steps, that is. Don't just meet, try to get to know each person on some higher level.
Many people are quite picky about whom they want to share personal experiences and life lessons with or make shared future plans. The potential lies in trying to learn about others, even though you might not feel like it.
You can make amazing discoveries, which will lead to further mutual learning, sharing and creating. In other words, activities that are essential to success.
Synergy is important, not only for developing your social capital, but also for creating it, which is especially critical in this networking context.
Try to discover shared interests and mutual dreams, especially with people who have similar dreams because that's where the magic happens.
3 Quick Tips To Get The Most From Your New Endeavors
1. Keep a journal
It doesn't matter whether it's an actual diary or just a blank note in your iPhone's app. It is important you find a canvas that suits your taste in order to keep all the results of the challenge with you.
For each person you meet, write down at least one thing you learn from him or her. Add anything else memorable next to his or her name.
3. Be open
Don't judge a person by his or her appearance, just as you wouldn't choose a book to read by its cover. Good networkers do use their subconscious feelings to guide themselves around a cocktail party, but don't succumb to making prejudiced decisions.
Dedicating all effort to the exterior might lose you some valuable insights, inspiring stories or even big partnerships. Be smart, and don't only have fun in shallow waters. Just dive in!
After The Challenge
One hundred people? Well, this is just a round number to get started. Doing more of these challenges with a greater aim will benefit you and others.
Be warned, though, it's not merely a game of numbers. Creating value and success behind the numbers is what really counts.
Ultimately, it's about enjoying the results, creating meaningful relationships. Adding time and effort creates real value, and while jumping around in the social world might seem fun, the results are highly questionable.
Remember, this technique is meant to be a life-enhancing method, not a non-stop lifestyle.
You have given something to each of these 100 people, whether it's just a nice conversation or a helping hand, and you have learned at least one thing from each of them. Craft deeper connections. Create memories.
In the social sphere, everything is about synergy and the reciprocal energy will bring you heaps of it in many different forms.