And Elijah said to Elisha, Tarry here, I pray you, for the Lord has sent me to Bethel. But Elisha replied, As the Lord lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you. So they went down to Bethel. - 2 Kings 2:2

Those who aim to achieve success in isolation are ignorant of the gains of synergy. They fail to come to terms with the dividends that accrues to forging the bond that compounds their success experience. However, those who recognise the power of purposeful networking place a high premium on forging a close bond with those who have multiplier effect on their accomplishment. So the way to achieve exponential result is not to assume that going your goals alone will get you ahead of others.

When you connect with people who are goal driven and consumed with an innate desire to make a difference, you would be able to fancy your chances of reaching your goals with spade and grace. What would have become of an Elisha who fails to forge a close bond with a departing Elijah? Had Elisha failed to shove his ego aside and all the distractions from the sons of the prophet who didn't fancy his chances of becoming a figure to be reckoned with, he wouldn't thought it wise to follow hard after Elijah. He didn't allow himself to be driven to distraction. His hunger for an extraordinary life made him to pull out all the stops to his emergence as a prophet of influence.

However, when you consider the life of the prodigal son in Luke chapter 15, you will see the flip side of purposeful partnership. The prodigal son fell in with friends who were destiny wasters. Indeed, he fell into hands of fruitless people who eroded his small fortune. His network helped him to fall on hard times. Their mission was to help him lavish his wealth. In the end, he became helpless and destitute until he came back to his senses. The question is: Who are the people in your life? Are they helping you to consolidate your success or to disintegrate your future and ruin your hope of a bright tomorrow? Wise up! May you not fall into the hands of destiny destroyers who sail under false colours as friends in Jesus name.
Abayomi Aina
Abayomi (ACA, CFE, PGDip Theology) is an inspired prolific writer, instructor and gospel artiste. He is divinely endowed to inspire the world towards purposeful living, leadership spirit, goal pursuit, academic excellence and leading a Christian life.


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