The idea of being “self made” is glamorized. We are told Kylie Jenner is a self-made billionaire. And other rich people tote they are self-made as a badge of honor and pride. But no one is actually self-made.
Because while someone can achieve success with hard work and effort, they were never by themselves. They needed other people to succeed. For instance, they had a momager who curated a PR stunt to make them seem like a billionaire when they aren’t.
Whatever your goals, if you want to be happy, you will benefit by focusing on building connections and prioritizing relationships. Because when other people have your back, life get easier.
Relationships vs. Connection
Relationships and connections both refer to how you interact with others, but there are some key differences between the two. A relationship is typically a deeper, more meaningful connection between, often involving emotional and/or physical bonds (think close friend, partner, etc.). Connections are more casual and may involve less emotional investment, although they can still be meaningful (think acquaintance).
Ultimately, the type of connection between two people will depend on the individuals involved and their circumstances. And while a strong relationship with a friend may dissipate into a connection, a connection may grow in to a stronger bond (relationship).
Importance of Focusing on Relationships and Connection
Investing in yourself is one of the best investments you can make. And at the foundation of that investment is building relationships and making connections. Because building relationships and connections is going to give you great returns in every area of your life, with even minor connections making large impacts.
Benefits of building strong relationships and connections include (but are not limited to):
- reduced stress and depression
- higher likelihood of taking worthwhile risks
- feeling connected and appreciated
- feeling seen and heard
- being given unique opportunities and support
- higher likelihood of goal achievement
- accountability and motivation
- finding purpose and fulfillment
- overcoming trauma and difficulties
In your life, needing other people can look like having someone to vent to when you are frustrated. Someone to offer support when you are doubting yourself. And someone being there to listen and give advice or introduce you to people who can help you get to where you want to go.
There is nothing wrong with needing other people. In fact, we thrive when we acknowledge we need others. And if your relationships are not where you would like them to be, it is a great opportunity to invest in building stronger connections.
Related article: Why You Need Unshakable Identity and Meaning
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