If you want to get One Grip Higher… show your face! Show it often, and show it everywhere.
If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know that I recently took a one month hiatus from blogging, as I started a new job. My new position as the principal of Greece Athena High School in Rochester New York is dynamic and exciting. I have a phenomenal staff and love going to work every day. Confucius once said “If you pick a career you enjoy, you will never work a day in your life.” While that particular aphorism might be hyperbole, I truly love waking up each morning and driving to school.
My new job has a fairly political slant and requires a lot of attending social functions and after hours events. Although I spent time in Washington DC, and even worked on a presidential campaign about 12 years ago, I am the furthest thing from a politician. I love my new job, but am not by nature a person who is comfortable with the political side of life.
All that being said, I have found that showing up at as many functions as possible, pays huge dividends. Everyday after work I look for a sporting event, club meeting or student function I can stop by. It really doesn’t take much extra time, but at the end of each day I am exhausted and ready to get home to my beautiful wife Jenny and our 4 month old baby girl, Emma. However, I make a concerted effort to to get out to an event or function as often as possible. Once at these events I look to connect with a person, parent or student that I have not met or talked to before. I am not great a networking… but am quickly learning that it truly does have tremendous value. These relationships and interactions are paying off in three areas:
- People are beginning to trust me
- Subsequent interactions are going more smoothly
- I am loving the newfound friendships.