I like to think of myself as a connector, which I define as an individual who brings together people with each other (or people with resources) for their mutual benefit. Yet there's a lot to learn in this arena, and I was so schooled during a meeting today with Edith Yeung.
Edith is an entrepreneur at heart, but a connector par excellence. She founded BizTechDay, a technology conference for entrepreneurs, and serves as the prime force behind the San Francisco Entrepreneur Meetup Group. Edith doesn't just radiate positive energy, she exudes a confidence that makes her a magnet for people and ideas. She's led by the question "how do you need help? And whom do I know who can help you?" and aspires to "create moments" at events that in turn attract people and resources in amazing numbers.
I learned (or relearned) a powerful lesson during my brief time with Edith today: cultivate skills as an organizer and/or connector in the true spirit of service to others. You will reap unanticipated rewards that will enrich your life beyond your wildest dreams.