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First, I want to say a heart-felt thank you to everyone who commented on last week’s post, Bewildered. Friends old and new stopped by to share incredible thoughts and wisdom. This post sparked two things 1) other people’s posts sharing their thoughts and viewpoint on their blogs and Facebook pages and 2) some controversy (not really surprised by that).

When this kind of thing happens, I ALWAYS check in with my friends (who happen to be colleagues) so that I stay centered and grounded, ready for whatever comes next. Without them, I would be like a pinball in a pinball machine, pinging around, rocketing in whatever direction someone or something pushed me.

Which brings me to the point of today’s post.

As your online career advances, one of the most vital resources you MUST have to hold steady and do your meaningful work is a group of what I call Co-Conspirators. (I wrote an article in my newsletter, Escape Notes, not too long ago about some of my co-conspirators. Not a subscriber? You can fix that here.)

The very best group of co-conspirators brings together a great mix of perspectives. My group contains people who’ve been in business along side me since the beginning, peers who are experts in their fields who started off as casual associates and are now dear friends, former business coaches, and people who are viewed as top experts who’ve walked this path ahead of me and know way more than I do.

This wide variety of perspectives is incredibly valuable to me whether I’m dealing with a bit of controversy, vetting a new business idea, or looking for a partner-in-crime for a project I’m working on. Not a day goes by that I don’t communicate with at least three of my co-conspirators about something.

And no, it’s not always about me. Part of the secret to the relationships is that I give support, ideas and energy to their meaningful work just as they give to mine. It’s symbiotic.

It’s also the stuff of life and business transformation.

If I can recommend one single thing you can do to take yourself to the level you know you are meant for, it’s build your circle of co-conspirators. Intentionally seek out and establish those relationships.  Check in regularly. Ask how you can help. Find ways to work together and support each other.

It will make all the difference in the world. Promise.

And if you need some help and direction on building your group of co-conspirators, check out my latest course, Building Meaningful Online Relationships (that support your meaningful work).  Hurry, though. Registration closes THIS Friday, April 8.


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