Powerful Lesson in Potential

I recently had the privilege of spending time around a handful of successful men and women internationally for a meeting, mastermind even.

I always love attending these opportunities because I am a firm believer in the saying “If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room”. I can also align with the thought process of when you look at your 5 closest people, in your circle, that you are a reflection of them - good or bad.

Although a short trip, I learned one of the most valuable lessons of my career - I want to share this with you. I want you to take a moment at the end and really digest how deep, fulfilling and higher level thinking this story was.

A ‘friend’ was short on money, without coming right out and saying it, he was hoping for some assistance, financially. This man, believed in him. Wanted to see him back on his feet. He provided this ‘friend’ with a sum of money (I believe it was $5,000) and also an opportunity to earn more income, learn, and grow.

Once the money was exchanged, this ‘friend’ disappeared. Didn’t think twice about accepting the monies given to him, but never took the opportunity presented. He resurfaced months later, with an apology - but in the same place he had previously been in. When the apology was received, it was also with thanks - this is where I was blown away, personally. This man was thankful that his ‘friend’ took the $5,000 and disappeared, because he told him, had he stayed, he’s sure he would have ended up ‘costing’ him so much more - he believed in him that much.

This is where the story ended for me, but how powerful. We pour into others, selfishly, with the right intentions, but unless they are ready to act, ready to receive and ready to believe in themselves, we’re doing them no favours.

By Catherine Nikkel

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