The Networker finds people where they are and connects them with what they need.
That’s who I am. I know because of my friend Mike. One day sitting at a bar in a brewery, probably after Mountain Biking, he gave me the label. At first, I assumed – for some reason – that he meant it as a negative. He said, no. It’s not a bad thing. You can talk to anyone and everyone. Its awesome! I wish I could do that. Which is funny, because he could too. I saw it in him. But, I don’t think I looked at it like that at that time.
When he said, “You’re the Networker.” It hit me hard. Like someone had peered into my soul. It was like I had felt seen for the first time. Yet, I didn’t even see it in myself until he opened my eyes. I always wanted to be the guy that “new a guy.” I had become that guy. I was on the path of fulfilling my purpose. And, I knew what THE next step was. Well… Sort of…
I knew what the next staircase was. The next step I can’t see until I’m on it. So I must trust in the process, love the journey not the destination.
This will be one hell of an adventure, but when Heaven is your destination… Well, Even Jesus had to go through hell to get to heaven. I don’t know why you would think you would be so special.
You have a purpose. I see it in you. It’s a gift and a curse, to be honest. It is a gift because I have met so many awesome people over the years. The trouble is, most did not see the awesomeness in themselves. I’m guilty of that too, as mentioned above. I am the networker that found someone who could point him to the truth. That’s all I want to do for you. I want to help you see the light.
As my fraternity brother in college said, “People lack vision. You need to paint the picture.” What I want to say he said next was, “If you can figure out how to do that, you will make a lot of money.” I know that I know how to do that. I have not yet made a lot of money. Which is frustrating, when you know how to make money. Unfortunately, the saying is true: “It takes money to make money.”
I know that because I have the ability to paint a picture, I believe in my ideas, I believe in myself, I believe that I could raise a lot of money. However, the self doubt does creep in. The perfectionism of wondering how I will find the time to hold a job and raise money makes my brain spin. Believing that I need traction before someone could understand my ideas. It would be easier to show them rather than tell them.
I need to figure out how to show them. Not just tell a story that paints the canvas in their minds. No. I need to literally paint while the audience watches. They need to see it to really believe it. But, maybe I’m just afraid to tell them the story. Maybe I think it’s too deep. Maybe I think it’s too dark to see. I don’t mean the idea is too dark. I mean that the culture is so dark right now, I’m not sure anyone could imagine that the light I want to show them would be visible.
I know its going to be an uphill journey. I started Gardener. I am reversing engineering THE Plan. The problem – the reason it took me so long to get here is because what I saw as the next step and where it could take us was looking from the rearview mirror of a futurist’s vision. The paradigm shift to go from centralized to de-centralized was too far of a jump to be plausible for a critical mass. So, I need to create the applications for the new network. I thought I could create the network. That doesn’t seem to be the case. Unless I am inventing that bias – the one where I don’t think companies will understand a tied house until they see a tied house.
I thought I could teach them how to be a tied house by developing a system that educated the business node on how to allow their marketing to shift from a supply bias to a demand bias. But, I am not sure they would take the time. I would need an army of consultants to assist them in these efforts. Because the system would be so easy to use, I would not have to charge customers very much for expert marketing help. So, I am starting Co-PILOT as a tied house marketing agency.