So I'm almost through the book Never Eat Alone by Ferrazzi as part of my pre-work for the next session of The Growth Project. While there are some excellent insights throughout about the importance of developing and tending to networks of mutual generosity, it's what Ferrazzi said up front that really caught my attention:
"Poverty, I realised, wasn't only a lack of financial resources; it was isolation from the kind of people who could help you make more of yourself...
To achieve your goals in life, I realised, it matters less how smart you are, how much innate talent you're born with, or even, most eye-opening to me, where you came from and how much you started out with. Sure, all these are important, but they mean little if you don't understand one thing: You can't get there alone. In fact, you can't get very far at all."
This not only clarifies for me the importance of our work at 12 Buckets and what we offer the young people we walk alongside. It causes me to once again reflect, with gratitude, upon the people who have helped me in the past and continue to help me to flourish in the present.
I'm not alone in this experience. I'm sure.
Today, it's time to drop some of those people a note of thanks. Perhaps there are some people you could write to?