To the average person, it would have been one of the most awkward kitchen table gatherings. In fact, even Lisa, Joel’s wife, couldn’t completely understand it.

But there we were, Vince, Flavia, Joel, and myself, all sitting at the elegant – and massive – dining room table in Joel’s old luxury penthouse condo typing away at our computers in silence.

The silence would have been too uncomfortable for a non-Internet Marketer to deal with. They would have insisted on at least some background music.

Sure, an hour later when our work was done and emails were cued up, we all put away our computers and were treated to an incredible meal of steak, salad, fresh fruit, and fine wine.
 
But at the time, we were taking advantage of one of the greatest opportunities in business today.

We were making money with our friends.

Each of us was furiously writing an affiliate email to support a friend’s launch.

To paraphrase Kramer from “The Gum” episode of Seinfeld, “Now see, this is what it’s all about. Three buddies sitting around, sending out affiliate emails.”

And that IS what it’s all about, at least for most of us when we are beginning our online businesses.

We need to have friends that can help make us money.

We need to have friends (i.e. affiliates) giving us online referrals.

How do you make friends? To steal a phrase from my favorite motivational movie scene of all time, as Billy Madison would say, “You get your butt out there and you go find freaking affiliates!”

You don’t make friends – or money – by sitting at home.

As I told one of my Certified TT Trainers today,

“It’s so important to be around like-minded, successful people. Most of our time is spent in ‘isolation’. The people we spend time with on a daily basis don’t “get it”.

And that’s fine. They all have their own interests. Some of my friends are obsessed with golf. I’m obsessed with helping people through TT. <= This is my golf.

And people at the TT Summit understand that and support that, and I get inspired for months after attending it. It will do the same for you.

On a more day-to-day practical level, you’ll want to connect with as many peers and mentors within a 2-hour drive of you, so that you can connect with them and learn from them as much as possible. It really is about the people…that’s where the wisdom, guidance, and the right path comes from.”

So how do you find good people? Start here:

http://www.earlytorise.com/how-to-find-good-people/

Identify the most appropriate people you need to meet.

Who are the friends you must make? What affiliates must you connect with?

Make that list and then do this:

a)      Get in touch with them (preferably in person)

b)      Stay in touch with them

Here’s how I do it.

I’ve made a spreadsheet. I come up with ways to help the people on the list so that I can stay in contact with them. And I remind myself to find something to connect with them about if we’ve gone too long since speaking.

This is just a fraction of my list.

Time to get in touch with Adam Campbell!

Help each person…make notes…send gifts and hand-written thank you cards…email links…buy books…deliver affiliate support to them first…
Be creative with what you can do.

Add value.

Do all of these things and you’ll have friends for life!

Much more to share with you on this topic soon,

Craig Ballantyne

“To develop the creative attitude, analyze and focus on the wanted SOLUTION; seek out and fill your mind with the FACTS; write down ideas, both sensible and seemingly wild; let the facts and ideas simmer in your mind; evaluate, recheck, settle on the creative ideas.” – Bruce Lee

Craig Ballantyne

Craig Ballantyne is the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life. Craig has been a contributor to Men’s Health magazine for over 17 years. Today he teaches his gift high-performing entrepreneurs how to squeeze more out of their days, increase their income, and make more quality time for their families in his Perfect Life Workshop and Work-Life Mastery programs. Craig used his own advice to overcome crippling anxiety attacks in 2006, and he’ll teach you his 5 Pillars of Success so you can increase your income, decrease your work time, and live the life of your dreams. Learn more about Craig at craigballantyne.com

Craig Ballantyne

Craig Ballantyne is the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life. Craig has been a contributor to Men’s Health magazine for over 17 years. Today he teaches his gift high-performing entrepreneurs how to squeeze more out of their days, increase their income, and make more quality time for their families in his Perfect Life Workshop and Work-Life Mastery programs. Craig used his own advice to overcome crippling anxiety attacks in 2006, and he’ll teach you his 5 Pillars of Success so you can increase your income, decrease your work time, and live the life of your dreams. Learn more about Craig at craigballantyne.com