Willing to Be a Builder

You have lots of enthusiasm about your career. Maybe you want to launch your own business. You’re enthused by the success stories you’ve heard, and you see fame and riches on the horizon.

Good – that’s a start. But here’s the reality check. If you want to be a success, you have to be willing to be a builder.

Action by action, person by person, role by role, year by year, your reputation is built. There is no short cut here – consistent excellence, concern for others, and proven character are the ingredients. No get-rich-quick scheme buys you a good name.

Skills? You have them. Now you need to hone them and build them up. Which means doing, practicing, exploring, evolving. If you’re a writer, it may take you years to find your “voice” – don’t be discouraged by this. Just realize that you may end up with little competition over time, because few others will be willing to pay the price!

Your future will depend, in large part, on your network. Anyone can accumulate “followers” – what you want is high-value people who value you. And that takes investment over time – acts and words of kindness, personal interest, meetings, making connections. All of which takes consistent effort. You’re building, not acquiring, a network.

Here’s a hint – look for others who are long-distance runners. Short-term people jump in and out of fads. Builders visualize the end goal and get busy making it happen. Brick by brick. Day by day. While surrounded by a trend-accelerated world, these folks know what it takes to build.

Excellence. Love. Labor. Time. If you’re willing to be a builder, and wish to be a leader, you’ll settle for nothing less.


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Steve Woodruff is a blogger, a Connection Agent, and a consultant in the pharma/healthcare industry. He specializes in helping people and companies make mutually beneficial connections.

7 Responses to Willing to Be a Builder

  1. bencurnett says:

    Great ideas for me and my goals here, Steve. Thanks.

    I want to mash these up with the “Launch the F’er” mentality. In other words, I need to *develop* my reputation, my skills, and my network. But I shouldn’t let that process stop me from doing something, even something big.

    You say it in P. 3 “Action by Action”. That’s my big take away.

    Thanks again.

    • Ben,

      You’re correct. We need to be willing to move fast, and build long (see points 1 and 2 in this post from a few years back: http://bit.ly/10BizLessons ). Take initiative as opportunity presents itself, while understanding that it takes persistence to build something enduring. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Julie Roads says:

    Move fast…but don’t panic. I think the answer there is remembering that there really is enough for everyone out there – and that there is only one YOU. If you can really feature what makes you YOU, your work/cause will be supported dramatically.

    Thanks for the mention, Steve.

    (and Hi Ben!)

  3. I needed this today, thanks! I have been in business almost a year now (I can’t really believe it) and still struggle sometimes with the whole “go for it” notion. I have so many big ideas in my head, but I am kind of terrified to take the jump on a few of them. This might have just given me the push I needed 😉

  4. Steve,

    Nicely said. But, I’d like to suggest an addition.

    A true builder does not just build his or her own empire… they are a master builder. They help others build as well. They can’t help themselves.

    They get it. They understand that to truly build something sustainable and worthy — it will rarely just be about them. And of course the irony is… the more they help others build, the more they build for themselves as well.

    And in one of life’s interesting twists — if you do good for others just so you personally gain, all of the above somehow does not materialize. It’s as though the universe can sense your intentions — and rewards you (or not) accordingly.

    Should you work hard, push, struggle and dream to build your own vision? You bet. But… reach to your left or right and bring someone else closer to their dreams as well.


  5. Xavier Petit says:

    Very well said Steve and very inspiring. It reminds me a lot of Keith Ferrazi (never eat alone) and Franklin Covey’s message. Don’t be affraid to give and seek to understand peoples motives by establishing relationships.
    I’ll add one thing: know you goals and stick to the long term goal. It’s easy to get caught into a reactive mode and not move forward. We must make sure that most of our actions contribute (or are realated) to the long term goals.

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