The importance of having a network has been very thoroughly in my consciousness recently. Not the see-you-over-a-cocktail at 6 kind of network, but a network of co-operators. In my old age – a.k.a. wisdom of years – I’ve let go of the belief (sort of) that I can do it all. We can all do a lot, but do we need to do it all?
There is a fair amount of literature that talks to the different ‘types’ of people needed to get things done. There’s the ideas person, the details person, the implementer, the deal closer, the analyst, and many more depending on your vocabulary and perspective. There’s a cliché about the art of powerful leadership being to have a team that can do everything you can’t!
How does this work for entrepreneurs, or the one-person business? In South Africa, entrepreneurial endeavours are crucial to the success of the economy. Cooperative networking is critical to support entrepreneurs. Perhaps every successful entrepreneur could mentor a budding entrepreneur? Perhaps every one-person business could find another one-person business just to share ideas? If we all do this with an abundance mentality, there will be enough for everyone.