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It’s true: it’s all about relationships. And I’m not talking about the kind of endearing friendship that you might share between your spouse and yourself. I’m talking about professional, long-term business relationships. You see these kinds of relationships all the time: doctors, dentists, accountants, bankers, “your tax guy”, etc.

Truly becoming successful within your career is something that isn’t measured by any one given value. For some, it’s purely monetary, while for others it may be a combination of physical satisfaction, monetary accumulation, and mental stimulation. I know of one person who goes into work everyday and works her butt off just because she knows that it drives the girl in the booth to the left of her insane.

And I’m not even joking.

Regardless of your motives for working, there’s no denying that building strong, sustainable relationships is key in progressing quickly and smoothly through the career path. Some people will provide opportunities, and others will help build your skill-set. Chances are good that there’s always someone who can help you in one way or another.

The same can be said for businesses. Working with other people or businesses for long periods of time is a great way to build trust, friendship, and cooperation. It’s also common for long-term business associates to offer each other perks, discounts, and other incentives as a result of the long-term relationship thats been built.

Never pass up an opportunity to start a new relationship with someone, and never throw established relationships away.

Coming up soon: a dissection of the affiliate marketing industry!

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4 Comments »

Comment by etavitom
2008-02-28 10:16:45

Most agreed! Thanks for the great post…..

 
2008-02-28 12:37:25

Building and maintaining sustainable relationships is what allows people to become truly successful.

Great post.

 
Comment by paulette
2008-03-09 03:02:57

I agree with you. Time builds trust as you work along with people.

 
Comment by Adi
2008-06-19 14:31:11

It depends about the kind the relationship you have :) i put mine on the first place always !

 
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