Listen for intent

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People have their own internal motivations. Don’t assume what motivates one person motivates another. With every new person suspend judgment and listen for intent. What drives them? Also remember intent can change over time. With this knowledge you’ll be better informed in how to move forward in your relationship.

Consult with peers

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A quality network of peers is an invaluable asset. Having professionals you can lean on and whom can lean on you will result in a fulfilling career. It’s similar to a mycorrhizal (peer) network providing increased absorption of water (wisdom) and nutrients (skills) across plants (companies).