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Wisdom Weekly: Two are Better than One

Why it is important to have the right people in your corner

Welcome to another edition of Wisdom Weekly, where we bring wisdom and insight to your forefront (haha, sounds like a lame ad, just like all those ones you see on infomercials). Ever heard the phrase; no man is an island? In today's post, we are going to be talking about the importance of having the right people in your corner. Who else has had a fabulous week so far? If your week wasn't that great, don't lose heart because your best days ahead of you. Let's get to the gist of today's matter, let's talk!

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When you have the right people surrounding you, it just makes life a lot easier to go through. Everyone at different points in their lives has or will come in contact with some sort of difficulty, failure, ailment or disappointment. What keeps you going in those tough times will have a lot to do with the people you surround yourself with. If they are great people, they will hold your hands through those times and be there with you and for you. If they are not so great people, then they will scatter at the first sign of trouble.

I happen to come from a great family; they have been there with me through some of the toughest seasons of my life. I remember one time when I had to undergo a major surgery and I was scared. I could tell they were scared too, but they encouraged me, prayed for me, and believed that everything was going to turn out well. I am thankful to God that it did. While I was at the hospital recovering, they were trooping in and out every day.

I had to tell my cousin at some point not to allow any more visitors, but then I realized how blessed I must be to have people come in droves just to see me, in the 4-day period I was in the hospital. That blew my mind away because I know not everyone is privileged to have that. Then I became thankful, rather than being a complainer because I wanted to rest-which was a legitimate reason anyway.

"Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed if one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble." Solomon (Ecclesiastes 4:9)

The Importance of having the right people in your corner

The right people will encourage you and motivate you to become better; if they see a gift on the inside of you, they will help cultivate the gift and bring it to life. I remember when I started writing, how I would write stuff and send it to my friend. She always read them, even if she had a lot on her plate and she encouraged me that I was good at it (I hope she was right), and nudged me to keep going. Without her motivation and encouragement, I doubt if I would have ever done it on the scale, I am doing it right now.

The right people believe in your dreams, and dream with you as well; if you don’t have people in your life who believe in your dreams, and dream with you, then you need to change your circle of friends. Ask God to send the right people your way, and He will. It is important that you surround yourself with dream builders and not dream killers.

The right people will call you out when you are messing up; we may be doing the wrong things in our lives sometimes, and not know it. If you have the right community of people around you, they will not hesitate to call you out on your mess and stir you in the right direction. Make sure you are not surrounded by a bunch of yes men.

The right people will stand by you even when the going gets tough; this is very important. We all go through tough times in our lives, we need people who will be there to fight with us (side by side) and fight for us. We need people who will be able to pray with and for us, we need people who we can share our burdens with. The right people around us will lessen the load that we have to carry. Ever heard the saying, “a problem shared, is half solved?

“A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”

This quote taken from the book of Ecclesiastes 4:12 in the Bible, reminds me of an exercise we did in primary school. In Nigeria, we have this broom we use to sweep, that is made up of tiny little sticks that are somewhat flexible. Although they are not as brittle as what we often refer to as sticks. In school they had us take one stick out of the bunch (the bunch that makes a whole broom can be up to 500 sticks), and break it.

And of course it breaks very easily, and then you repeat the exercise as they keep giving you more sticks at once to break. The more the sticks are, the harder it becomes to break. What they were trying to teach us at such a young age, was that when you stick together when you have people around you who you are doing life with, there is no opposition that you would face, that would easily take you out.

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It is very important for you to surround yourself with great people, like-minded people; people who will help propel you to the next level in life. And also, you have to be that same level of support for them as well. God did not create any man to be an island. That is why you were born into a family, and you did not just drop from the sky, or come from wherever people like to claim humans came from.

When you do life with the right people, in the right environment and at the right time, there is no telling where your life can go. Two is definitely better than one, but a whole community of people who are for you is the best!

Hope you enjoyed today's wisdom post and can apply it to your life. Make sure to leave your thoughts and comments below, and also remember to like, share and subscribe to never miss an update.

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