Step 1: Your mother is a frequent reader of online business tips on Chris Brogan’s blog.
Step 2: Your mother tells you that Chris is no dummy and you should read his stuff, too.
Step 3: You subscribe to Chris’ blog, tell him you work for Uncle Sam, and ask if he knows anyone skilled in the intersection of social media and government.
Step 4: Chris suggests that you contact me.
Step 5: We become friends and create magic.
In the spirit of Dragos Roua who challenged me to continue his connection meme, I point you to a woman I never met but who was the impetus for something she could not have foreseen.
The moral is to listen to your mother. Listen to your family. Listen to your friends. Reach out to strangers, role models, those you emulate, and listen to their advice. You needn’t follow every piece of advice you receive, and Andy Krzmarzick and I may still have met despite his mother’s suggestion, but an idea can be very powerful if followed through.
An idea can be more powerful if you listen for it. Chris understands the power of listening. Do you?