How many times have you heard the phrase “It’s not what you know, but who you know” when it comes to determining success. I’m willing to bet that over the course of your life to this point, you’ve heard it a lot. Do you think it’s true? Well, it’s not–it’s false. It’s not what you know, or who you know–it’s how well you know them that really counts.
Here’s the difference. How many people do you know? Open up your e-mail address book and count the names. You know as many people as are listed n your e-mail address book and probably a lot more. Now, reach into your pocket and pull out your car keys. How many of the people you know would you hand your car keys to?
Surely, now you understand that the importance of how well you know a person. A contact is a person you know but with whom you have not yet established a strong relationship. A connection, on the other hand, is someone who know you and trusts you because you’ve taken the time to establish credibility with that person.
And don’t forget to connect with the most important person you know: Yourself. You’d be surprised how many people don’t know themselves at all!
Getting to know yourself is a process that will continue throughout the rest of your life, but the more connected you become with your inner self, the more confident, self-assured and empowered you’re going to feel.
In this way, you learn to appreciate life more fully and use gratitude to help you put things in their proper perspective. Because when things don’t go your way, remember that every difficulty carries within it the seeds of an equal or greater benefit.
In the face of adversity ask yourself these key questions: “What’s good about this?”, “What can I learn from this?”, and “How can I benefit from this?”
You may discover that the “who you know” may just be yourself.