Success in the making with Joint Ventures!
I got this “Success Story” the other day from a client who is amazing! She runs a wall murals website and is an extreme “Success Story in the Making!” I look at this story as great proof that “Small Success leads to Big Success!” I really love what she shared about her experience with a joint venture or partnership pursuit. It goes to show that there still are really nice people out there waiting to give of their time and talents to help others without any expectation of return. Thanks for letting me post this Lisa! I’m sure it will help others to if they implement it in their business endeavors.
I am in the process of looking for business partners for my product. I have had to approach major corporations and the process has been interesting. Most executives are very hard to reach, and I usually have to make several phone calls to get a direct phone number or email.
Two days ago a Sunday I emailed the owner of the largest real estate agency in Orange County, New York. I had met the owner at a few social engagements, including a wedding, bar mitzvah and baby briss. As I do with all my emails, I followed up with a phone call. As usual, I was put through to a voicemail. I explained the nature of my business and asked if she would have any contact information, leads, information on anyone she knew who might be interested in my business. This was essentially a routine cold call.
To my surprise, this very busy woman called me back within the half hour. She said of course she remembered me and my husband. She was extremely friendly and said she probably didn’t get the email as she gets over 150 a day and deletes them for fear of viruses.
She said, absolutely, bring over business cards and she would have her secretary distribute them to all her brokers. I was so happy.
Then she offered advice: she said “Even though I don’t have to, I still work about 70 hours a week because I love what I do. In the beginning (1988) it was just a job that supplemented my husband’s salary and kept us knowing where out next meal was coming from.”
She said to distribute business cards to all the real estate agencies in the area. She explained that agents and brokers are salespeople and are usually very accommodating.
I came away from that phone call with such respect for this lady. It was easy to see how she was a self-made millionaire. She was very friendly, obviously a people person. She listened to me and said, “I love to help people whenever I can.” She freely gave of her time and knowledge. (bold added) And she said “I don’t ever want to guess where my next meal is coming from.” Humility, kindness, and sincerity–what a great work ethic.
This lady is how I aspire to be. She is still a regular person, but she is living her dream through her hard work and effort.
8 Replies to “Success in the making with Joint Ventures!”
Great testimonial. I thought that Lisa was looking for a means to get her wall graphics in homes for sale by the real estate company, so I was a little surprised at the direction that was taken.
Nate, this story is a great example of the lost art of direct human contact (via telephone). We have falsely put TOO MUCH faith in email. This awesome connection would have never been made if the young lady had relied SOLELY on the email. By also, making the cold call and working to connect with someone personally, she was able to increase her chances of success and she reached her goal.
There are good people out there and there is still hope!
Nate, this is a great example of networking but more importantly having the follow through. Great story.
It is a great story, but for me the moral of the story is not hoping that we meet people like that, but for me to be like that person, and also be prepared to happily share of my time and knowledge.
I have learned thru other business ventures that it is indeed difficult sometimes to get in contact with company executives, but you have to be persistent. Lisa’s experience with this lady is what you dream of, but it doesn’t happen very often. I have also observed in my other business dealings that those people who are generous and giving are usually some of the most successful.
I love when that happens!
WOW. This is really an inspiring and motivating story. I know we have to expect being turned down or ignored while searching for joint ventures, but knowing that there are still people out there that just want to help gives us a boost of confidence that small successes will be coming our way too.