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Effective Partnering

Posted on | October 19, 2006 | No Comments

Granted, this post is a bit self-serving, but I’m as guilty as the next person for not asking for help and advice as often or as soon as I should.

I picked up a book yesterday at B&N. I’m always on the watch for books that I can pick up when I’m feeling lazy or having a hard time getting my brain in the game, or just feel like I’m adrift.  This book may prove to be one of those that rechannel my energy and get me refocused on being productive.

Title: The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: King Solomon’s Secrets to Success, Wealth, and Happiness.

Author: Steven K. Scott

ISBN: 0-385-51666-5

As many of you know, I’m a Freemason. King Solomon plays a key role in the “work of the craft” so I’m always watching for books that help me find understanding of this character – whether he was a real man, or simply a legend really doesn’t matter to me.  So, the book looked like it would fill two of my book-watch criteria.

I’ll be sharing some quotes from the book as I read through it.  Here’s the first, from page 26 in a section discussing the need for “diligence.”

“Throughout history, no one has achieved any worthwhile goal, significant project, or impossible dream without effectively partnering and seeking outside counsel. If the most successful people in history have needed the help of counselors and partners, why would you think that you can accomplish anything worthwhile without such aid? The fact is, none of us can. The truly diligent do not seek counsel simply when an endeavor is in trouble; rather, they seek counsel from the very beginning, before they begin an effort. This greatly reduces the risk of failure and significantly increases one’s probability of success.”

Think about that.  I’m going to make it a point to ask for advice more often and build my own stable of advisors.  I’ve been thinking of taking on a partner too, this makes me think about it more seriously.  If there are any solo-practice patent attorneys (I don’t do patents, but get asked about them all the time…so it makes sense for me to partner with someone in that field.) that might want to form a law partnership with a guy like me, let’s talk.  🙂


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