The Million Dollar Elevator Ride

Posted July 24, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Networking Buzz
It’s not often here at Career Girl that we recommend you read an article without at least giving you a snippet or quote from said article. This, however, is one of those times. And here’s why. In a recent article at Inc., Ron Burley tells us about what he called “The $1 Million Elevator Ride.”

This elevator ride wasn’t full of cash, it wasn’t filled with some hot shot investor who eventually gave Burley $1 million. This elevator was filled with advice. And Burley so amazingly describes this experience, you have to read it word for word. Click here now to read about the “Million Dollar Elevator Ride.

But don’t worry, I’m not going to leave you hanging right there. You see, there are some incredible lessons you can take away from Ron Burley’s elevator experience. Here are just two:

  1. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – “Ask for money, get advice. Ask for advice, get money.” I even wrote a full article about it as it relates to your job search (see it by clicking here). That’s what Ron Burley did here. He found himself in a situation where he could have gone after the cash, and instead he took what was much more valuable – advice. Know when you should ask for it, and it will get you far in life.
  2. Chase down the big dog. Ron Burley ran after that elevator. He made his way to talk to the most powerful man in the room with no bones about it. You have to do the same. You’ll never get to the head of the class without talking to the teacher, and you have to do it with confidence. Put your hand out, know your pitch, and get them on your side – now!

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."