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Vail Valley: Connecting with the past for a brighter future

I have been busy reconnecting with family, friends, associates, and former co-workers and employers through various online social networking sites over the past year. My two favorites are LinkedIn for business connections and Facebook for connecting socially with relatives, friends, and former classmates.

It has taken some time to build each of these networks and reconnect with folks, and it has also been an incredible blessing, very rewarding, and well worth the effort.

As it turns out, many old high school friends, co-workers, associates, employers, and even family members and friends are in need of a service I could provide. I had lost touch with people over the years for one reason or another and in many cases people never knew what I had been doing professionally. When they found out, they immediately asked if I could help coach or mentor them or someone in their family or organization, give a speech at an event or fundraiser, or provide training for their team or organization. And many forwarded a resume, their own or from a colleague who needed to find employment.

One of my most recent and rewarding experiences has been coaching the sister of a former classmate through a highly competitive interview process where she was eventually offered a position.

I share this with you because everyone reading this column has people in their past who can help them or who could benefit from your gifts and talents.

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I have shared this quote from Zig Ziglar before, I will share it again now, and I will no doubt share it again in the future – “You can have everything in life that you want, just as long as you help enough other people get what they want.”

There are people in your network who are hiring. There are people you know who could purchase your products or services, there are people looking for opportunities, searching for hope and encouragement, people who are connected to other people who can help you or where you can be of assistance to them.

Sometimes we all get caught up in trying to find something new or make a new connection when all along the most rewarding, profitable, loving, and joyous connections and relationships with people we have known, done business with, worked for or were connected to in some way from our past.

I would love to hear your own success stories of how you reached out and reconnected with someone where they helped you or where they directly benefited from reconnecting with you at and I do hope you make this a better than good week.

Michael Norton is a strategic consultant, business and personal coach and motivational speaker, and CEO of He writes a weekly motivational column for the Vail Daily.

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