As I sat there in Colorado Springs, staring at the Rocky Mountains, I had a minute to reflect on how I got here. Do you ever have those moments? I mean, I live in Nebraska, and I get to spend a week in Colorado with some of my peers, helping them learn more about video and expand their business.

The following month I spent 2 weeks at Frontier Days in Cheyenne Wyoming for the Rodeo and Concerts, and I am paid to be out there in these locations. But how did this come to be? Peers, meeting people, and networking at various conferences and outings.  

In 2011, I answered an ad, on Craigslist of all places, for a video camera operator position. This position was for a 15-day shoot. This one connection has spawned numerous other endeavors and clients and has by far been my best connection with a peer that I could have ever asked for.

It doesn’t matter if you have been in an industry for 10 minutes or 10 years, a single connection can bring about many opportunities that can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I continue to have a working relationship with that connection and others.

My peers know we can talk to each other and discuss business, and life and ask each other opinions. More often than not, your peers can become friends for life. 

Doors in life are often opened and closed not just by us, but by our peers. Listen to each other, be kind to one another, and be honest with each other. We are in a business industry just like so many others, how we treat each other shows us not only who we are, but who we can become.  

So, ask yourself, what kind of peer do I want to be.