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Todays blog comes from the thoughts contained in chapter 11 of my book, “Get Connected: Mentors, Peers, & Apprentices.”
Over the past few days, I’ve been reconnecting with a few of my old highly influential friends. From different parts of the country… these guys are innovative thinkers, epic dreamers, rising legends for sure!
My purpose for reconnecting is pretty obvious. Over the past seven years, I’ve become far to narrowed in my focus… I’ve lost way too much contact with the outside world. This has caused me to lose quite a bit of my FORESIGHT and CREATIVITY.
So, I decided to change this… and what a difference it’s making!
I believe that God places a DIVERSITY of influences in our lives for the purpose of mutual impartation. There are three groups of people we should be connecting with for the enhancement of our future AND theirs. Show me your NETWORK and I will predict your future!
- Fellow Jedi’s
- Apprentice Jedi’s
Yoda’s… are those guys and gals who have already achieved the success you’re currently aiming for. Yoda’s provide mentoring, coaching, training, and teaching… so that emerging Jedi’s can ride on their successes at ACCELERATED levels of growth.
Fellow Jedi’s… are the guys and gals who are on similar levels, learning similar things, and experiencing similar degrees of progress and achievement. Just like the proverb, “As Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” Fellow Jedi’s ACCELERATED growth through the synergy they create for one another.
Apprentice Jedi’s… are the guys and gals who are just now getting a DREAM. They are raw and unrefined… without table manners, or people skills, or anything else besides a PICTURE OF WHAT CAN BE! Apprentices need Jedi’s just like Jedi’s needs fellow Jedi’s and every Jedi needs a Yoda! Make sense?
Wise Yoda’s and rising Jedi’s pay attention to the words and actions of every apprentice… humility opens the way for them to LEARN from everyone and everything.
In a healthy network of influence, there is a CONTINUAL EXCHANGE OF IMPARTATION… up and down… side to side… down and up! We all need people to run ahead, run beside, and follow along!
Connections have to be NATURAL… they should not be FORCED. Therefore, we should pray about this… and then exercise patience as we CONNECT with the RIGHT people for the SPECIFIC purposes we are DESTINED to carry out!
What are your thoughts on this topic? Do you have any personal stories that might illustrate my thoughts here? Please, interact with each other today… and may this message add tremendous value to your amazing lives!
If you LOVE this blog and want to help expand our influence, please spread the news to your network through twitter, facebook, myspace, email… whatever. We appreciate you passionately introducing us to your AMAZING NETWORK of Yoda’s, Fellow Jedi’s, and Apprentice Jedi’s! Have a super day!