When it comes to being successful – not just in business and in every other aspect of your life – help, believe in and care for others, and show people how do a little better.

Remember that all business is based on relationships.

People work with those they know, like and trust. Building strong relationships and caring about others is tantamount to your success.

Just like your personal relationships, business relationships take time to develop. It’s an investment, and as with anything in which you invest, it compounds over time.

Strategic relationship development takes meaningful touchpoints with leads and clients into an opportunities for communication, trust and mutual growth.

To put it simply – to be successful, businesses need to establish strong relationships with clients, referrals, employees, reporters, former employees and others.

Business relationships can turn into long-term—or even lifetime—friendships. And it goes without saying that being friends with someone is more than being just an employee, or customer or business associate.

So stop making things about you, talk less, listen more and help others without the expectation of receiving anything in return.

Listen to people’s problems and goals and if you can help, share with them how; whether that’s with your opportunity, service or product.

Don’t underestimate the power of relationships to get you where you want to go.

Give to give.