A Proactive Project for Black Wednesday

by RJ

in Making Money

It’s the day before Thanksgiving in the U.S. There is a good chance work is filled with excessive web surfing, Twitter, talking to co-workers etc… In other words, a whole lot of nothing until the clock turns 5.

Instead I propose you do something a little more productive this afternoon. I promise you will be a lot more satisfied with your day when you’re on your 20th beer tonight, talking to that person from high school you haven’t talked to in 4 years because you have nothing in common but now he acts like he’s your best friend.

Step 1

Review your goals. You have goals right? If not, write down what you want to accomplish in 2010 or sooner.

Step 2

Open up a spreadsheet. For the column headings, insert:

  • Name
  • Job Description
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Address
  • Website
  • Any Social Media they use…Twitter, Facebook, Linked In…
  • Last Contact

Step 3

Insert the contact information of at least 25 people who can help you achieve your goals.

Step 4

Since its Thanksgiving, send a thank you note, via whatever communication channel you feel comfortable using, to each and every one of those 25 people. Keep it short and simple. An example email:


I wanted to say thank you for all the great content you have put out on Gen Y Wealth. You have defiantly helped me get started on the right path financially. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2010.

Have a great Thanksgiving.

Thank you,

Your Name

P.S. – Good luck on your C.F.P. I hope you passed.

The key is to make it short but still personal. If it’s longer than 5 sentences, it’s too long.

After, you have sent them a thank you; record a brief decryption of what you said and how you sent it (email, Twitter, Facebok…) in the last contact column of your spreadsheet.

Step 5

At least once a week from now on, your goal is to have at least one connection with each person on your list. It’s as simple as a comment on their blog, sending them an article that might interest them, retweetig what they said on Twitter, a congratulations for an accomplishment, a phone call…anything.

Make sure to change-up the communication channels each week. You don’t want to be known as the guy who sends an email on Thursday morning every week telling that person how great of a job they’re doing. That’s just weird.

The point is to give, give some more, and then give even more too each person. After a few months of giving, you will start receiving.

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