Go and find them. Go closer to your family members, your neighbors and even get on the telephone with them. Stop claiming you can achieve it alone. Do not be timid, shy and reluctant to meet new people and let them know what you do with some respect. You will not succeed in life until you start connecting with people.
Success involves people; people who God will use to enable you succeed will not always come to you but you must go to them. I remembered when I got a scholarship to study peace in South Korea, thanks to the grace of God and my connections with some people I know who used their influence to help me achieved this goal. This opportunity landed me to become a Peace Lecturer in over 52 countries in the world. There is power in connecting with the right people. John C Maxwell says if your friends are not your friends, get new friends.
Why do you think there are billboards flooded everywhere in big cities and advertisements almost on every television channel here and there?
Successful people are accessible. You will never possess what you are unable to pursue.
The greatest person I have seen practice this principle I am teaching in this article during His stay on earth was Jesus. He went to the boats of fishermen. He went to the Synagogue. He went to the homes of people. He went through the towns; preaching the gospel, and healing people everywhere. Jesus was reachable. Two weeks ago, I was invited to train in a Leadership Seminar and after my training, there was this popular French lady who was invited to talk for five minutes and she came and did a fantastic talk but she did not make herself accessible to the emerging leaders. She had about 3 body guards and after her presentation, many of the youth made an attempt to talk with her personally, to connect with her to no avail. At the end of the day, most of them were not happy with her approach. But, then, what kept me wondering was how secured and protected she was to a point where even one of the chief event organizers opted to open her Car’s door for her to move out and was stopped by one of her body guard.
What is keeping you from reaching out to others? Is it an inward fear that you may be rejected or turned down? Are you intimidated in some way? There is something far more important than rejection; your aspirations and goals in life.
Successful people are those who have always made themselves reachable to the right people, they dread rejection but they believe their goals is worth it. In our example above, Jesus left the comfort zone, He willingly walked into an atmosphere that was unholy and imperfect. He stepped out of a magnificent and perfect kingdom into a world that was confused, stained and deadly. Yet, he intentionally made Himself available to all those who needed Him.
He went where the people were. Your dream is connected to people. Speakers need audience, doctors need patients, singers need musicians and sales people need customers.
Start your “people-list” today. There are two kinds of people in your life:
- Those who already know you have something they need.
- Those who do not yet know you have something they need.
Your people list may include your relatives, colleagues, pastors, journalists or farmers.
The law of relationship states that every person is merely four people away from any other human on earth. Reflect on this. This simply means that you know Joe who knows Joan who knows everyone else you would ever want to know. The magic secret is this; you simply have to get out of your comfort zone, get out of your house, get out of your Car, pick up your phone and make the calls.
Success always begins with someone! You must go where people are and make yourself accessible.
Let us know what you think, where can people find opportunities in life?