There is a saying:
“It’s not what you know but who you know”
But if that is completely true then most people are in big trouble because very few people know the people they need to know to succeed right at this very moment. I believe it is getting other people to want to get to know you. When you first start to do anything worthwhile or new, initially you will not know the people that you need to know to do anything significant. The mentors that you need will not be kicking down your door. To be truly successful, you must
“Find someone who is where you want to be in life, find out what they did to get there, and do what they did and one day you will have what they have”
The only problem with this statement is that 99% of the time. that “someone” is not in your sphere of influence. Maybe within your “six degrees of separation” but not in your top 5 or cell phone at all. Your goal should be to find the people that can help you get to where you need to be. If you think about your life, most people find their current career not because they received a degree but because they were referred or recommended by someone whether it is a friend, family member, or even a recruiter. It was not because you sent out a resume and someone fell in love with your experience and was dying to call you in for a second interview. Networking is a ‘MUST HAVE’ skill that all successful people have or need to develop. Because you will always reach a bottle neck where your own efforts will not be enough to break through to the next level.
You cannot rely only on the people that you know now to make it. You must go out of your way to not just cross paths but throw yourself into the path of the people “that matter.” The people that can make a difference in your life whether it is guiding you down the right path or let you know that you are currently going down the wrong one. The bottom line is that if you base your future on the people that you already know, you are leaving your future in the hands of Lady Luck and she is not very nice after your “beginner’s luck” runs out. I read a book “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho and it states that beginner’s luck is the universes way of giving you a taste of success in life to push you towards your destiny before it test you by fire to see if you are deserving and driven enough to push yourself through the hard times that you will inevitably face in your journey to success. No diamond is in its final stage from the beginning, it must cut away and smooth out the edges through continuous processes before it reaches its final state of perfection.
“Rough diamonds may sometimes be mistaken for worthless pebbles.” – Thomas Browne
Many individuals have, like uncut diamonds, shining qualities beneath a rough exterior.” – Juvenal
Strive to become a person that people believe in. A person that people are drawn too so that you do not have to rely on who you know but that you become a person that other people want to know. A person that others believe so strongly in that they will do anything to jump on your wagon because they know that you are going somewhere. Innately, everyone wants to surround themselves with winners. And winners want to surround themselves with winners and with people they believe will win and will open up opportunities that other’s have never been able to open up before.