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The Power of Leverage

by Donna Messer

The Power of Leverage - It’s all you need to achieve your goals

The dictionary defines leverage as the power or ability to act or to influence people, events, and decisions,

According to Archimedes, all you need is a lever long enough and a place to stand and you can move the world. Well, the more I think about what he says, the more I agree with him.

Effective networking is all about using leverage. It’s whom you know, and whom they know and how you use them, that will get whatever it is you need, achieved.

I’ve been thinking a great deal about what I’m able to accomplish and no matter how I look at it – there is without a doubt only one tangible way that I use time and again – and that’s leverage.

I continually leverage my contacts to accomplish what others may say is impossible. And, in using that leverage, I make sure that it is always beneficial for both sides of the equation. For me, networking  must be a like a child’s teeter-totter balanced, so both sides enjoy the ride! 

In the book One Minute Millionaire by Mark Victor Hansen and Robert Allen, they provide a formula – “Leverage = Speed = Goals”. The book came out a few years ago and was a huge success, then, like most overnight success stories, it just seemed to go by the wayside. I picked the book up a few days ago and re-read it.  It’s just packed full of basic ways to use leverage to achieve success. The authors concentrate on using leverage to create wealth in this book, but the rules they give you will work for any goals you set for yourself.

Here is the strategy of “The Power of Leverage” On one side of the lever you have all of the people in your network, people you can count on to share their resources, their contacts and their knowledge with you. You have the tools you need to get you where you want to go. You have the systems in place that you know will work and you have the team who believe in your ideas, concepts and vision.  They are all on one side of the lever. Then you have the fulcrum, the pivotal point that the lever is balanced upon and you have your ideas, your dreams or your vision on the other end of the lever. Recognize that all of the weight you have on the lever, should be weight that will benefit from the leverage as well. It should not just be the applicable goal, subject or concept at the other side of the lever that gets everything. 

It is by using the leverage on that one side truly weighted, that you can lift an incredible load without any struggle. Ethical leverage works in networking, providing that you use your contacts and resources wisely to accomplish what could be deemed impossible. Ethics are very important and if you use leverage without thought of a return for everyone’s investment of time and talent – you might lift the load, but the strategy will fail.

Using all of these contacts and resources as your leverage, there is no doubt that you will be able to move whatever you want to a place where you can reach it. Agreeing to help others using that same leverage is not only fair, it’s a prerequisite when it come to the rules of leverage in networking. 

The power of leverage is really just using your network wisely. It’s everyone pulling together to achieve a common goal. It’s one of the reasons that Master Mind and Success Teams work so well – they use their combined knowledge, skills and resources to help each other in the group.

Leverage can be used to exert a large force over a small distance at one end by exerting only a small force over a greater distance at the other.

Two rules of leveraging when it comes to networking and achieving your goals.

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