It was a weather mess, that's for sure, but I was so inspired by the people that went out in the cold and rain to do what they do every year. That's what it really means to do the Derby. It's almost like a marriage- you're either in it or you're not. Rain or shine. Good times and bad. Sickness and health. And it shows that we're committed. It shows the WORLD that we're, as a city, committed to supporting the history and legacy that is the Derby. And that is inspiring.
I am fortunate to have met Joey Wagner and have had him on the podcast a few times, and through that connection, I was invited to one of his events. My wife and I attended Jocktails, which was held this year at The Icehouse and is a social gathering that has jockeys and celebrities tending bar and raising money for charity, all while a silent auction goes on. It was a high caliber event and I'm so grateful to have been able to experience it.
As I watched some of the people flutter about, I started thinking- how much business goes on behind the scenes during Derby week that dictates things for the rest of the year? How many deals are made simply because people get together? And it all comes back to networking.
The cliché is "it's not what you know, it's who you know" and, dammit, it's true! Another one of those sayings that you can't get away from. Life is all about relationships. Relationships will get you the guy or girl, will get you the job, will find you the house, etc etc. Relationships aren't always positive, but that's another blog post. For right now, focus on those relationships that ARE positive and cultivate them all year long. You never know when you're going to need some strings pulled.
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