Keith Ferrazzi, writing on a lesson learned after losing a run for political office, had this to say in his networking book, Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time:
“The experience taught me an important lesson. No matter what organization I represented or what professional avenue I pursued in the future, all my efforts had to be powered by a deep passion and a set of beliefs that went well beyond my own personal benefit. To move others, you have to speak beyond yourself. Boldly putting yourself out there was one thing, and a good thing, but that wasn’t enough. There was a difference between getting attention and getting attention for your desire to change the world.”
Keith also publishes the Never Eat Alone Blog, it’s well worth a read.