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Raising and Investing Emotional Capital

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 by in Leadership, Life Lessons, Startup Funding | 0 comments

The other day I tweeted a lesson of the day: Emotional Capital matters more. People wanting you to be successful because of the person you are.  It was interesting to hear people’s point of view on this topic.  The recent news about technology fundraising (venture capital): we are in a bubble, we are not in a bubble (hold on: which is it?), got me thinking about any success I have experienced and what role my ability to raise capital played.

Emotional Capital

Then it hit me: all of my success is directly related to my ability to raise capital : Emotional Capital.

I got all excited.  Did I create a new word?  We all know that is my mission in life.  Whether it is Allbound, or other jibber jabber, doesn’t matter.  So I started researching.  No new word.  In fact I found several really good articles on it including “What are the origins of emotional capital?”

  • Self Esteem
  • Self Regulation
  • Emotional Energy
  • Attachment
  • Resilience
  • Agreeableness
  • Optimism

Good article.  Good list.  But not exactly my experience with Emotional Capital.  Going back to my tweet.  Being authentic and having a diverse set of people truly want me to be successful is how I measure emotional capital.  I started making a list, how many people have an emotional interest in my success?  Not just a financial incentive, but a true connection.  I am proud of how much emotional capital I have raised in my career.  As I have become more experienced I realize how careful we need to be investing our emotional capital as well as the capital others have invested in us.  I have never heard of an emotional capital bubble, or it bursting.  Think about it.

Who has invested emotional capital with you?  Trust me, you can never raise too much emotional capital.

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