In challenging myself to reach greater social, economic and spiritual heights, I've decided to contact 10 well known people I find powerful, encouraging and wise. I believe that these people will be a part of my future social network. Yup! I really do believe this.
The thought of reaching out to these 10 people came to me yesterday. If they are extraordinary by man's standards, I'd like to hear from them what ordinary steps they took to get there. Besides, aren't I extraordinary too? What makes their journey anymore noteworthy than mine?If I'm on my way to attaining the wealth God has been keeping 'for me' and not 'from me', I should hear from those who've "made it."
The plan is to email, send a letter ,or post on these individuals' Facebook pages a message introducing who I AM and my desire to gather wisdom from their experiences. I know this all can sound somewhat pompous or high falutin. But, if no one else in the world has our finger prints and our unique way of experiencing and seeing the world, why can't we believe we're good enough to be in the ranks of Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, or John Lennon? Ain't we somebody too?
Here's a sneak peak of what I'm asking from the ten I'm contacting:
"Please send me a copy of your resume and answers to five questions":
1. What incident or experience occurred in your life that made it clear to you that your gifts were given to you to serve others?
2. What have been a few obstacles to you believing that your gifts to the world are valuable?
3. Who are some of the ordinary people in your life that believed in your dreams before they came true? Are they still in your life now?
4. Is there something you enjoyed doing before you became well known that you are no longer able to do because of your status?
5. What advice would you give to someone who is on his or her way to achieving wealth?
I believe that I'll get responses from all ten candidates of my future social network. The worst thing that can happen is that I'll get a response like "No. I'm not interested in responding to your questions," or, no response at all. But, even a no response is a response. It says they acknowledge my energy in the world.
I'm not looking for any of the ten to agree with the clarity of my vision (thanks Iyanla Vanzant). I just want a piece of the wisdom they've hopefully gained along their journey.
Stay tuned for more details on this project...I just got a direct call from one of the ten's managers. Looks like my ordinary may be on to something extraordinary!!!
I'm taking my ordinary to extraordinary heights...What about you?
In the words of my Chicago grandmother who responded boldly and in an encouraging tone to my disappointment with last week's results from a group interview, "Ain't nobody better than you."
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