A GOOD STRANGER WAS WILLING TO HELP

Wednesday, December 14, 2016



PART III: PALE RELATIONSHIP WITH MY OLD TIME FRIEND

Making all the mistakes by yourself before learning and beginning to make progress in life will take away lots of our vibrant, youthful years. Others have gone ahead of us and are already established experts in the field or intended business we are getting into. 

It is wisdom to associate with such persons. This will enable you to make better and faster progress instead of being tied down to "old time friends" who don't see the big picture ahead.

Take a personal stock of the close associates around you.

Are they willing to see the best come out in you?

Are they retroggressive and backward in thoughts?

Do they limit your mindset?

Do they hide vital information from you, even when you are willing to pay for it?

Does your future success threaten them?

If your old time friends are not making positive impact in your life, respect their opinion but consciously move on with your life. Keep friends that will bring out the best in you and vice versa. 
                               Grace A. John-Ugwuanya

For individuals who are not quick to make friends or listen to beneficial information that a stranger gives, it is time to have a re-think. While I will advice that it is not the opinion of everyone that we should take, the truth is: 
"the people we call friends today, were once strangers before"

There is always a meeting point that transforms a stranger to a friend. The criteria differs for everyone but we must ensure that the relationship is beneficial to both parties. 

Funny enough, I was not open and gave a cold response when I met my old time friend with this stranger. But to my amazement, some conversation about me had occurred prior to my coming and hearing the stranger call my name seemed odd. 

What made the difference between the influence my old time friend had and the stranger? 

The stranger saw that I was willing to learn new things. Pause a bit: Do you have an open mind to learn new things? This can be a turn off to potential friends, mentors or coaches who want to see the best come out of you. 

So many individuals are used to their stereotyped way of thinking and resist every form of information that could expose their thoughts beyond what they already know. This self-imposed barrier can limit anyone from benefiting through people who come along their way. 

The inital response that we give when in contact with people for the first time can either create a connection that could be profitable on a long term or end abruptly. We need to discern how to make those important choices. For me, The speed at which this stranger was willing to advice and insist that I lay a good foundation in this new field from the start was a break point for me. I knew immediately that there was more to learn and I did not regret that decision.

How long the friendship with this stranger would last, I cannot tell. But as long as I am becoming better than I was before, I will keep holding on. 

Have an open mind to strangers. It is not all strangers that are bad with hidden agendas. Learn to discern the right from the wrong.

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Grace A. John-Ugwuanya is a human development strategist, public speaker, an author and Biomedical Researcher. She helps individuals breakout beyond certificates and become a better version of themselves. She is also the director of Amara's Hub Concepts, an event management, content writing and capacity building service provider.

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