One thing I think we all need to realize is that there is “strength in numbers.” It is awesome when you can accomplish something all by yourself with no help from anyone, but the reality of it is that there is sure to be someone else out there who can offer you new insight into what you are trying to do. “Networking” usually helps people to incorporate other ideas into their plans. At some point we all have to learn from each other. Everything we do is “learned behavior,” from our speech to your morals. Once you get a bunch of people together in the same field ideas will be presented that “may be able to enhance your own concept.” If this is the case, then why don’t people network more? It might be the competitive nature of the field, or it might just be that some people have no faith in the concepts of others. Even if you disagree with someone, it is important to learn “what NOT to do from them.” People will make mistakes, and you want to make sure you never follow in the footsteps of someone who makes plenty of them. There are also people who “swear they know it all” and they don’t need any type of assistance from anyone. I’m sure everybody knows someone who fits into this category. The day you stop learning is the day you stop “growing.” No matter how old you are I can guarantee you there is something out there that you still haven’t learned yet.” When you get a group of people together and share ideas it also can give you a “different perspective.” Many people are “narrow minded” and don’t even realize it. They see only what they want to see. Once someone else opens their eyes to “other possibilities” then maybe that will make a difference. Never think that your way is the “only” way, because then you will only be limiting yourself. Once you free your mind and check out what others are doing then you open yourself up to expanding. If networking can offer you that, then what do you have to lose? Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Singer Ashanti with Brett Jolly on bass