Appreciating Your Professional Circle

Professional CircleMany of you probably have professionals assisting you in accomplishing various tasks – whether it’s legal, real estate, accounting, insurance – personal or business. It’s great to have people who are experts in their field as a part of your life team.

I prefer personalized service. So, there are actually a couple of services need to replace because they have more of a big-box feel.  But, overall, I have a great team.

Recently, I realized that I frequently look at the desired end result as the priority, and most of the time it’s my primary focus.  I don’t like the word “no,” especially without a solution to make it a “yes.”  I’ve gotten a little better with how I respond, but the thought still is — tell me what you CAN do . . .  particularly in retail situations.

With that said, in working with my professional circle, I suddenly realized that my scope of work is not the only item on their plate – I’m not their only client AND they have their personal life outside of their professional life.

I’m not sure what took me so long to come to this conclusion or at least for it come to the forefront of my mind – personality quirk?  Obsession with completing my to-do list? Maybe I just want what I want.

Now that I think about it, I actually remember mentioning to my dad a while ago that I wasn’t used to the whole schmooze vibe I experienced in California.  He mentioned that our Indian heritage was more straight and to the point . . . so maybe being direct in business is ingrained?

At any rate, I’m glad I noticed that I’m often a little heavy on the professional side.  Sure my scope of work is important, but I realize I need to have a balance.

Come to think of it, I recall visiting a friend at her church . . . she and her husband started a church.  I remember thinking, ‘Wow, what a huge commitment – her other responsibilities as a mom and business owner don’t go away.’

Anyway, I figure I’d share this tidbit in the event someone else can benefit.

Remember to appreciate your professional circle!

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