Power of relationships is everywhere.
The Beauty of Montana
Some big distinctions are different in Montana. For example, in California, everybody’s home has the fastest internet in the world. In Montana, they don’t really care if you have internet in your house because they want you to spend time with your family. And so it’s like the slowest in the world. I E so slow. I couldn’t even record a podcast or do a zoom call. And so there are a lot of differences and this is a brand new place I’d never been to Montana until we moved. Now am an official Montana resident. I have a license I’m never leaving. This is my home, but I was met with some very unique challenges getting here. One of which is I had already committed to running a virtual event. And so I had an event planned thinking like, Oh, I’m going to get to Montana. I’m going to have my Airbnb. There’s an office in the Airbnb. The internet will be fast enough.
And so within the first day, I realized that there was no working in the Airbnbs none. I need to find an office, but that’s going to take a while. So what about coworking? And I was like, Oh, no, coworking. Either every coworking space has a six-month waitlist. And so I got to this point and I was like, okay. What am I going to do? And so we were here for maybe 36 hours. And I had two days to find a place to go. I had four national media appearances interviews, podcasts on some big platforms that were scheduled months in advance. Like two days into the future. I had a virtual event to plan for Ron. I had to set up space and I was like, okay, what do I do? And it brought me to this very important lesson and distinction that I forget about and what I realized is that being an entrepreneur online, understanding digital marketing, Facebook and Instagram, and email and ads and paid media. I become really or became really complacent and compartmentalized because of the internet. And I started to dull, my ability to be in a relationship in person.
And so what I was left with was a very unique challenge. And it gave me this forced perspective of where I realized that I isolate my business and I isolate the potential of my business by keeping everything online. And so I said, this is what I’m going to do. We were here for one day and I said for the next two days, I’m going to introduce myself to every single person that I meet. I’m going to ask them about their business, why they’re in Montana, what do they do? And I’m going to share them like what I do, like what I’m committed to, what I want to do in Montana. What my vision is for being here, how I want to support local businesses
The next day I meet my now friend Christian. And he’s talking about how he was in the Marine Corps and he was the owner of the restaurant. And he’s talking about how he was in the Marine Corps and he was the owner of the restaurant. And so I listened, he listened, he came over, checked on the table about half an hour later, is it, and can I do anything? I’m like, Oh, were you a Marine? And he’s yes, I was, it was like me to simplify. And we started this really deep conversation. So I got connected with him. I got to meet him. This is his restaurant in town. They do catering, they’ll do event catering. And I was like, Hey man, like I’m new in town. This is what I’m doing. These are some of the challenges that I’m having.
Then I drove to the co-working space and I introduced myself to the owner and he said, we have a six-month waiting list, but we have a conference room that you can rent for $20 an hour. And so I spent about half an hour getting to know him and meeting him and then it wasn’t available though for me to do my calls and the next day. And so then I started meeting local people and reaching out to people that I knew.
So then they introduced me to a woman who lives here, who was like, I work all day from nine to six. My internet at the house is extremely fast. The fastest you can get here. You can go use my kitchen. You can use my house. You can set up your studio. If I’m there. Awesome. If not like you can literally, here’s the code to my front door. You can go set up for eight hours to all your recordings and then leave when you’re done. And if we see you, that will be amazing. And so that offer came on the table all through the power of networking and meeting.
I met the owner of the bed and breakfast and figured out they had moved from California as well. They had purchased the bed and breakfast, but they are former construction and now entrepreneurs. And so I got plugged into them. And then I found out that the owner of the coworking spaces, his father was the biggest broker and realtor for commercial real estate in town. And so in my needs of saying, I need a place, the internet, I need something to use. He’s my dad who will help you find an office space.
Now I live in a Valley with 250,000 people. So there’s a decent amount of people here spread across like an hour of driving distance, like 60 miles in the Valley. And so it’s not small by any means. But it’s really powerful when you start to make these connections and you start to really put yourself out there.
And so in the first 36 hours of me being here, I met five people that I now consider friends. I got a. Coworking conference room to rent to run my virtual event. I got somebody’s house to use, to utilize their internet, to do all of my interviews. I found a caterer and a restaurant to do my events When my mastermind comes to town at the end of April this year. And when the public event comes to town at the end of April, this year, for any events that I do, I found a commercial real estate person who helped me start looking at offices and finding properties while I was utilizing the rental space.
And so within the first 36 hours of me being here and being really open and connected and utilizing the power of relationships, I basically had a creative solution to absolutely every challenge that I was met with ones that if I turned inward. And what led me to remember is that the Power of relationships is everywhere. Like just because our businesses are online, doesn’t mean everything we do is online. We need to use the power of in-person networking and in-person relationships. And in-person sharing of our vision and sharing our challenges and asking for support to find creative solutions and to build community and to support other businesses. a common thread of humanity is that we all want to help. We all want to support each other. There’s goodness in everybody’s hearts.
And one of the things I’ve learned in this game is that it’s really not about what you know, it’s about who, and I love people. I love hearing about people’s businesses. I love hearing about what they’re doing. I love hearing about their mission and they I’d love to hear about mine as well, but they’ll never know if I don’t take the time to introduce myself or to ask questions or to dive a little bit deeper and to really network. And I will say that the power of relationships. In the first 36 hours of living in Montana. Genuinely saved about a month of stress.
A really stark reminder that we’re surrounded by potential. We’re surrounded by solutions. We’re surrounded by help. We’re surrounded by support. We’re surrounded by community, but we have to be the ones to initiate. We have to be the ones that, that, that cross that line of demarcation. We have to be the ones that guide that relationship. We have to support them and ask for support. We have to be crystal clear on what our strengths are, and then we have to be clear on what challenges we have or what we need to solve so that we can ask people to help us. And one of the things that I think is so powerful is that we as entrepreneurs, whether we’re online entrepreneurs or we’re a mixture of both, or we’re Amazon only, or Shopify or we’re service-based coaches, consultants, is that we never forget to leverage the power of the relationships that are around us. We never forget to build a community around us and nobody’s going to build the community for us.