We recently asked several FCBF members to share their biggest challenges. We received responses ranging form finding the right staff, to keeping up with the fast-changing regulations. to remaining competitive.
What we were MOST surprised by was how the others at the table reacted to their peers: They weren’t rude or dismissive. Many of them were inspired, saying things like:
“I thought I was the only one dealing with that…I am still working through it, but I solved it by doing _______,” or “I wish I could be really open about my struggles, but I’m afraid my competitors will swoop in and take my clients once they find out. Maybe I need to spend more time with folks who aren’t scared to talk about challenges! It’s liberating, and I’m surprised by how much others are accomplishing in our field.”
Do you see what’s going on here?
Perhaps you’ve heard the saying, “Find your tribe.” Or “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time around.”
Finding a community that you can rely on to help you be the best professional you can be is difficult. A chamber of commerce, for example, provides a lot of networking opportunities, and general business-building resources. A trade association, on the other hand, is focused on YOUR business, with targeted activities opportunities, and information to ensure you have access to the most up-to-date resources possible. Members are at different stages of their careers, and knowledge sharing is welcome.
Today, a simple question for you:
Think about the last time you had a question about a rule or process you weren’t 100% sure about. How did you go about finding clarification? Who did you ask?