The Right Circle
Updated: May 1
You’ve heard this before, but here it is again, “show me your friends and I will tell you who you are.”
If you look at the history of many countries, you’ll find that many of the game changers at inception belonged to a group of associates, they belonged to the right circle. The right circle can be described as a place of knowledge, a place of influence, a place of success. Knowing the right people at the right time is what makes the right circle. That makes three rights, doesn’t it?!
There’s an image (see above) of 4 men instrumental to the most recent history of Nigeria. In it is Olusegun Obasanjo, Theophilus Danjuma, Ibrahim Babangida & Sani Abachi (standing). Three of these men ruled as a military Head of State for Nigeria, while Obasanjo ruled as a military leader and a two term president. The fourth was assigned numerous positions in active military service. Also, he received political posts in retirement. Like them or not, they belonged to the right circle.
There’s another image (see below) of 4 great men instrumental to the most recent history of America. In it is Andrew Carnegie (the man behind the steel industry of America), James Jerome Hill (the man behind the railroad industry of America), John Mitchell (the man behind the labor union of the early 20th century in America), William Jennings Bryan (a politician from Nebraska, and a three-time POTUS party nominee for the Democrats). Like it or not, they belonged to a circle of influential game changers in America.
The moral of the story here is simple. No man is an island, and the people you surround yourself with today could determine your tomorrow. The right circle also begins early. You shouldn’t wait until your friends are successful before building the right relationship with them. Pick your circle well in the early stages of your growth and development. Watch their loyalty carefully, and guard your relationship with care, rejecting all semblance of jealousy and strife. If one or two friends fall off because you both don’t have the same goals in life, not to worry, they probably weren’t destined to be a part of your future.
Build a relationship with the right people, and ask them to help support your goals. Get to work on achieving your goals this year.