Have you ever wondered why it feels so good to catch up with an old friend after a long time? Or why we feel a surge of energy after connecting with someone new? We all know that collaboration helps motivate, inspire and drive us in the workplace, enabling us to push the barriers of creativity and professionalism. But collaborating with others outside of the workplace is something entirely different.

While collaboration inside of the workplace seems to be a requirement, collaboration outside of work is something we should do for ourselves. And it’s important that we do it.

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I got to thinking about this after having a great phone call with a longtime friend last week, who is also self-employed. Not only was it great getting to update her on everything going on in my personal life, but it was refreshing to have a meeting of the minds where I got to hear her ideas about my future plans in life, and vice versa.

This person is someone who I admire, with more life experience than I. She works in the network marketing industry while I am a content marketer, and yet we find synergy together. Her contributions to our conversation are always meaningful to me.

At the end of the day, collaborating with others at work makes us better at what we do. Collaborating outside of work betters who we are, and who we will become. Because our work is part of who we are, it’s a win-win.

Take time out of your busy schedule to converse with others, to exchange ideas, to share in life’s journey with. You’ll be better for it, I promise.

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