“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with,” a quote by Jim Rohn that I will never forget. Choose who you spend time with and network wisely because in today’s world, your network is your net worth.
The competition today has increased. The demand is still there waiting for the right person to take the spot but the difficulty comes in finding it fast enough and bringing it to fruition. Long gone are the days where you yourself were enough to achieve success. Sure there are stories of self-made millionaires and billionaires but even those people had mentors along the way and people they were able to network and connect with. Rarely will you get the odd individual who achieved success all on his own accord, but even those success stories have very little truth to it in actual reality.
The World Is Your Playground
You have the ability to communicate and connect with other people, to share core values with one another and to work together for a common goal. Don’t take that for granted. If you had a network of millionaires that have all achieved success, you are more likely to also be a millionaire than someone with little or no networking abilities. The world is your playground and the people in your playground can either help you excel in life or bring you down with them.
Networking Is A Skill You Can Learn
You are the person who stands in the corner by himself choosing not to socialize amongst his peers, or you are someone who gets excited about meeting new people. Either way, you can learn to network because it is a skill that can be taught and learned. There are mentors out there that help you do just that. You can also turn to self-help books such as “Your Network Is Your Net Worth: Unlock the Hidden Power of Connections for Wealth, Success, and Happiness in the Digital Age” which I would highly recommend to anyone looking to expand their social circle with successful minded individuals.
We Form Relationships For Our Own Benefits
There is a reason you are friends with the people you have befriended in your life today. They may give you happiness, monetary gains, more connections, or simply a means to kill time. I’m not saying you should only surround yourself with successful minded individuals but choose carefully who you spend the most time with on a regular basis. Realize what this friend gives you in return and see if it’s really worth your time. It’s okay to have a friend for happiness related reasons but surrounding yourself with him or her every day of every possible waking minute will not help you be any more successful. You will end up being comfortable. And we all know that comfort breeds laziness and lack of change for the better.
Find Someone Above, Equal And Below
It’s important to have someone in your life that is “above” you, equal to you, and below you. For example, someone above you would be your dad’s rich and successful friend. Someone equal to you may be your best friend who you share similar core values, goals and interests with. A person below you may be someone who is content with his or her life and seeks comfort rather than change. If all you’ve ever known were people above you, you may get the feeling that you will never be worthy of success and that life is truly unfair. If all you’ve ever known were people equal to you, you will feel like this was normal and that change was never needed. If you have friends below you, you will end up being more and more like them eventually. Having the best of all 3 worlds allows you to put yourself in perspective and keep you in a constant state of uneasiness because you’ll always know that you can either grow, stay the same, or diminish. That uneasiness will help you change, grow and excel as a person only if you let it.
Your network is your net worth and don’t you ever forget that. Whether you decide to harness this power or not is entirely up to you, but it would be foolish not to. Just remember that you may have a great idea but lack the resources to see it come to fruition. Or you may have the resources but lack the great idea. We all excel and lack at something. That is why a network will allow us to fill in our gaps in order to create a perfect relationship.
“Networking is an essential part of building wealth.” ~ Armstrong Williams