Many people say the shower, or on a walk, or while trying to clear their head of all thoughts during morning meditation.

Those are good, for sure, but for me, also good is when I’m hearing the experiences and perspectives of people who are doing something similar to me, but a bit differently, for whatever reason.

Earlier this summer, I spent 3 days conferring with 40 people who do somewhat the same job as me, but all in different settings, with different policies, populations, purposes. Everyone describes what life is like for them, and I go in there without any pressure to do anything differently, but allow myself to be washed over by the many ways to get from point A to point B.

At the Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley, you may meet someone who uses the same materials, machines, or metrics; or eats the same sandwich as you every day; or whose grandfather started the company in the same year, or who has the same fear of failure, or success. They may have dealt with adversity 5 years ago in a way that inspires you to do it the same or different when it happens to you now. Maybe they warn you that they failed when they did what you’re thinking to do. Maybe the bravery they displayed in the story they told you makes you brave.

There are many things that make us resilient, inventive, and powerful, and certainly strategic schmoozing with others who survived/thrived helps us not reinvent the wheel as much; and to see the wisdom of sharpening our axes. If you still- after 23 years- have not stuck your toe in the water, by coming to one of our dinner forums or morning workshops (not to mention confidential peer groups), it’s about time to take us up on this idea!!

Please contact me to find out more, and to register. You can come to one as a guest of one of our member companies or strategic partners.

About the Author

Allen Esrock is the Founder of NxtGen Nexus. Prior to that he started Jitter Fingers, the first safe, social networking website for tween girls and their bffs. They were Jitter Finger clubs in 12+ countries and 250+ cities in the US.

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