Power of Network (PART 1)

Power of positive network of friends who share your dreams and values

There is this adage that says when a wise man surround himself with fools then he becomes a fool and a foolish man who surrounds himself with wise men becomes wise.
This may be tough to hear, but if you want to create a different economy in your life, you may need to get new friends more than you need to get a new job. Why? Because even though they love you, and even though they don’t mean to, the friends You hang with right now might be holding you down. You may have heard that your income tends to be about equal to the average Income of your five closest friends. And you’ve no doubt heard the saying, “Birds of a feather flock together.” That also holds true for rich people, poor people, and Middle-class people. In other words, the rich network with the rich, the poor network With other poor people, and the middle class hangs out with the middle class.

Author of Rich Dad Poor Dad says, “If you want to become rich, you need to network with those who are rich or who can help you become rich.”
Many people spend their lives hanging out and networking with people who hold them back financially. In business, you hang out with people who are there to help you become richer. Ask yourself this: “Are the people with whom I spend time dedicated to me becoming rich? Or are they more interested in me continuing on as a hard worker?” Or do they value security and a steady paycheck, and I value freedom and financial independence.

The English poet John Donne wrote, “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” He said that way back in 1623, and it’s a thousand times truer in the incredibly interconnected world of today. You can’t get rich in isolation; you are only as good as the community of people you hang out with, talk with, work with, and play with.

Thomas Edison is one of my heroes. People today often think of Edison as the inventor of the light bulb, but this is not true. Edison did not invent the light bulb; what he did do was improve it and perfect it. Even more important, he figured how to turn it into a business. After dropping out of school (because his teachers thought he wasn’t smart enough to succeed there), Edison took a job selling candies and magazines on the railroads. Soon, he began printing his own newspaper, and within a year, he had hired a team of boys to sell candies along with his newspaper. He had gone from employee to business owner.

Young Edison grew restless selling newspapers, and learned how to send and receive Morse code so he could get a job as a telegraph operator. Soon he was one of the best telegraph operators around—and this is where he learned the secret that would make him a millionaire. As a telegraph operator, he saw what had transformed the invention of the telegraph into such a success: It was the system of lines, poles, skilled people, and relay stations. It was the power of a network.

While Edison is famous for tinkering with the light bulb and perfecting the filament that made the bulb practical, Edison’s true stroke of genius was to create a company that strung the electric lines that allowed the light bulb to penetrate society.
The company Edison founded would make him a multimillionaire. It was called General Electric. The power is not in the product; the power is in the network. If you want to become rich, the best strategy is to find a way to build a strong, viable, growing network.

What made Edison’s business so revolutionary was not the light bulb itself, but the system of electrical lines and relay stations that powered the light bulb. It was the network.

Robert Kiyosaki author Rich Dad Poor Dad says, “The richest people in the world build networks. Everyone else looks for job.” From the shipping magnates and railroad barons to Sam Walton, Bill Gates, and Jeff Bezos, the Dangotes, Otedolas, Mike Adenuga’s the great fortunes of the world have been made by those who figured out how to build networks. Sam Walton didn’t manufacture goods for people; he built the distribution network that delivers the goods. Bill Gates didn’t build computers;he built the operating system that ran on those computers. Jeff Bezos didn’t go into publishing books; he created the online network Amazon that delivers those books. The power is not in the product; the power is in the network. If you want to become rich, the best strategy is to find a way to build a strong, viable, growing network.

Of course, most of us are not Thomas Edison, Sam Walton, or Bill Gates, and never will be. Yes, there will be handfuls of remarkably creative pioneers in every generation who create new multibillion-dollar businesses from scratch, as these men did. By you signing up with the getting rich staying rich forum you have made the right decision to connect and network with the right people.

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