I turned on Instagram live today to tune into one of my favorite entrepreneurial personalities, Gary Vaynerchuk.
Gary V, as he’s known, is the owner/operator of Vayermedia; a communication solutions company that helps businesses build their brands.
Gary also does some motivational speaking and is, in my opinion, the foremost “realest” content producer on the internet today.
But enough of that – I think you get it. I’m a huge Gary V fan.
So back to Instagram.
I only caught the last 15 seconds of the live stream, but Gary spoke what I’ve decided to adopt as my QOTM (Quote of the month).
“Saying hello when it makes no sense, makes all the sense in the world.”
Confused? No worries, I’ll decipher.
Whether you’re waiting outside the classroom, you’re waiting on your daughter to finish dance class, or you’re waiting at Chick-Fil-A for a chicken sandwich –
Talk to the people around you.
Let me say it again. Talk to the people AROUND YOU.
It’s a really basic idea. But it’s not utilized like it should be. Conversation is the essence of relationship. It’s literally what makes the difference – in business, in dating, and in life.
You could meet your wife, your future business partner, or a lifelong friend just by saying one word.
A lot of people who know me might assume that I’m an embodiment of this idea – that I say hello to anyone and everybody. And as much as I love to talk; unfortunately, that’s far from true.
I’m good at saying hello. But I’m not consistent.
And at the end of the day, we don’t want to be sporadic, billion dollar Powerball gamblers, do we?
Well, scratch that – maybe we do. Still, if you’re keen on actually winning some amount of money, only betting on the large Powerballs is the wrong approach.
I’m not a gambler, and I don’t plan to gamble. But I’ll confidently argue that gambling is a numbers game – a game about running through the losers, to cash out on the big winners.
In other words, it’s all about consistency.
Coming full circle.
To make those important relationships, and to meet the kind of people that you want to spend time with, you’ve got to be willing to run headfirst through the losers.
You’ve got to be consistent. And you’ve got to say hello. It’s scary, I get it. But think about all of the incredible stories, the impeccable wisdom, and the steadfast friendship that you may have missed out on because you were afraid to speak a single word.
(Hey, Harrison! Are you listening?)
Communication is key. Consistency is key. And courage is key.
Adopt and apply those three pillars, and I will make the daring prediction that you will meet a friend, a partner, or a business connection within the next month.
Sounds desirable, doesn’t it?
In the coffee shop, walking to class, at the grocery store, in the mall, at the hair salon, in the park. The opportunities are endless my friends.
So, say hello.