Fame is not fortune; and although prosperity does often lead to popularity, popularity doesn’t often lead to prosperity. Many people believe they are networking when in reality they are simply socializing. Track your progress. If you are doing a lot, you should be seeing a lot of results. If your environments have not changed, if your audience has not expanded in number or demographic, if your work is not requiring more time and attention and help, you are more than likely going in circles.
An example of this is the school system: in life some people’s first priority is to make friends, to make themselves more desirable to their peers, failing to realize their peers do not give them their passing grade, neither do they set the academic standard, neither will they help them advance to the next level. The successful in life are the great students, that spend time finding new teachers, that always show up to class ready to learn, that spend time studying, and spend time talking to guidance counsellors.
We live in a time where having money is cool but working hard is not. So my challenge to you is to be unpopular long enough to become prosperous, I challenge you to show up to the school of life prepared to do work, leaving little but valuable time to socialize. I challenge you to find your teachers, know your guidance counsellors, and build a relationships with people that have the power and resources to take you beyond your current situation.
-Jaime Lee Lewis