There’s an African proverb that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Six years ago, I was talking about my 5,000 connections on a mastermind. One of the like minded participant asked me, “Abiola I challenge you to connect with seven new people this week”. I have since them understood that broadcasting on social media to over 5000 people is not the same as connecting with seven people weekly. That challenge began my partnership power. It was very tough for me that week to connect with seven people. I managed to connect with three people. I immediately realized that I needed to work on building new and positive relationship. Partnership power helps one relate to people with sincerity and good connection.
Relationship building is indeed biblical. One of the golden rule is to love our neighbors as ourselves. It is important to work on building positive relationships aw well as stay connected with others. This makes people happy and build good health. Positive relationships indeed leads to good health and wealth. Its been said over and over again that people do business with those they KNOW, LIKE AND TRUST. It is important to connect and build relationships not just to win friends and influence people but to have sincere interest in others, love them and treat them the way one desires to be treated. When a sincere and genuine relationship is built, reward follows.
In business building and life building, look for every opportunity to connect with people everyday and make friends. Nick Vujicic in a conference once asked how many people connect with cashier at the store? He said that for many that is when they pay more attention to their phones. Connection is important even with cashiers. There is opportunities all around us to connect and meet new people on a daily basis.
Nurturing relationship is also very important. Just like plants and flowers in the soil, water is needed to keep them alive. Similarly, mutual obligations are important in keeping relationships. To take life or your business to the next level, build and nurture new relationships.
The next level requires new relationships, enlarging the rolodex, nurturing existing relationships, community involvement and stop giving excuses of not having time. When I was young in nursery school, I remember us singing “ Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other is gold” The beginning of making new friends may not be comfortable, but remember growth happens outside of the comfort zone. I encourage you, inspire you and motivate you to join the challenge of making 7 connections every week.
Your life is about to change, by building positive relationships.