Get Your Clique Strong: How to be Successful with the Right People
Rich and famous people hang out with rich and famous people. Why? It may not be for the reasons you think. Most people who have become successful in one way or another usually have one thing in common. Their ‘drive’. That inability to give up or ability to create solutions where others may not seem to have one. This is what seems to be the basis for most “famous” friendships.
I’m not famous so I can’t tell you what happens behind closed doors however I am sure that the passion developed for their crafts link together people more than anything menial like say enjoying the same type of food (kale smoothies and Nutella sushi, OMG). Identifying with a desire that someone has is an emotional connection that can’t be duplicated which is why success is an unspoken prerequisite to most famous relationships and friendships. So here is how you can begin your road to success as well.
Like Their Mind
It is so important to develop like minded friendships with people who share your passions. They will understand your struggles and understand your need for expression. Whether you are a musician or an investor (or a fine artist who works at Starbucks, sorry.); your clique, your posse, your woes, your crew is essential. The people you roll with will shape your image and your demeanor. They will virtually determine your success to an extent. We shouldn’t depend solely on them, but having them to back us up is a luxury any of us can afford to invest in.
It’s crazy how scripture has everything, here we are talking about success and finding people who will be by your side through it and:
“Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.” Eccles. 4:9-12
Live in Between
We’ve all seen that Facebook post “If you’re the smartest person in the room, it’s time to leave the room.” Or something like that. I don’t necessarily agree. Maybe you’re not supposed to be in that room forever. But if you’re the smartest in the room maybe you have something to offer that room before you leave. Enough with the metaphors though.
Being a mentor is an important part of growing in your craft. It’s a kingdom principle of giving back what you’ve freely received. It’s also equally important to receive mentorship from the right people.
Mentor Cheat Sheet
- Find someone who is legit dope at what you want to do.
- Be a fan (nothing is worse than a hater)
- Get to know all their stuff
- Buy it
- Contact them somehow
- Ask to buy them food and pick their brain.
If they are unreachable (Beyonce, T-Swift, etc.) you may be setting your sights a little bit too high. We should have a level of momentum built with our work to a point where our mentor would see our work and desire to pour into our lives. They would look at it as a good use of their time.
Busy people don’t waste time. They see it as their most valuable asset. And for good reason..no…time is not money. Time is a resource, time can not be exchanged, it cannot be given back. Which is why successful people guard their time with their lives. We should start to do the same.
Conducting ourselves as people who see the value in time as detrimental to our future, giving ourselves the gift of a financially sound future by investing into the now. (by the way i take that as the true definition of yolo) It’s not completely about money, as I said up top. Passion for your craft is what it’s really about. When you’re investing your time in an intelligent way into your passion your life will become more free, more fun and you will find yourself living out the dreams you never thought you would.
Zig Ziglar has a great quote in refrence to an every day kind of mindset we should retain:
“People often say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily.”-Zig Ziglar
The Time is…NOW
So think about who is around you, who those people are who texted you most recently? Did they hit you up to waste time? Your clique is your identity and I want a Jesus loving, hard working, dream chasing clique. One that pulls me up when I’m down, or that I can help out when I’m up. Life is reciprocal, God is unchanging and we are vessels of grace. Who does your clique say you are?
What do you think? Is there any parts of Getting your clique strong that I missed? Let me know below!
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