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Mike Murdock once observed, "You are always one conversation away to a changed life." I put it this way "You are always one relationship away to getting whatever you want out of life." Apparently, nothing in nature grows, progress, or develops independently? The food chain, the water cycle perfectly illustrates how one member of the chain depends on each other to survive or stay functional.
All of God's creation is dependent on external influences to survive. Man get oxygen from nature, and in return gives back carbon dioxide. Plants get nutrients from the soil to germinate, but the soil also is fertilized by decomposed plants and microorganism. As it is in nature, so also it is with human advancement. Inter-dependency, that's God's model of creation.
Take an inventory of all your contacts, both on your phone, social or professional platform you've signed up to, write down at least 5 to 10 most influential people on your list, see how their influences, connections, and leverage can be of help to you, send them an e-mail asking if they are willing to help you, in advancement your dream. There is power in your network if you are willing to invest in it.
Relationships are like bank accounts, we unconsciously make deposits into them daily or we make withdrawals. As Stephen R. Covey once said, "Building and repairing relationships are long-term investments." Every act of kindness, care, love, concern, checking up, you extend to the other party are deposits you're unconsciously making into your relationship account. The challenge is, most people want a withdrawal when they are yet to make a deposit.
Your network is your net worth. Don't bankrupt your relational equity, 'you will always rise and fall on the quality of people you surround yourself with.' Life is too short to live it with cynical, shallow-minded people. T.D Jakes put it this way, relationships are more important than revenue, invest in the former, it always pays huge dividends.
Every relationship begins with a certain amount of relational equity. What we often don't realize is every demand we make off of people subtracts from that balance. When you positioned yourself at the receiving end of every relationship, you will be portrayed in a negative light, that you are only out there to get not give, people will start resenting your needful lifestyle, and once you reach out to them, they supposed you have another need to be met. People want reciprocation for their kind gesture. The pendulum should always swing back and forth.
We are always one chat away, one friend away, or one relationship away to a changed life. In-between your present reality and your imaginary future are people and relationships you need to nurture and cultivate. Stay clear from casual, unproductive, and mindless chatter, invest in meaningful, and productive relationships, it always pays off.
To build your relational equity, give genuine compliments. Check up on people and ask how they are doing. Let them know you are thinking about them. Your colleague bought a new car, congratulate him and tell him you are happy for him. Your friend passes his exam tell him how proud you are of his accomplishment. Live an impression in people's heart that there's someone (you) out there who truly cares. Maya Angelou has rightly said, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”