Daniel DiPiazza writes:
When you make friends with successful people the sky’s the limit. This is how partnerships are made, handshake deals are done, and new audiences found. And it’s not as difficult as you might think.
The biggest reason why connecting with people benefits you is simple: It allows you to extend your reach further, which in turn allows your ideas to make a much bigger impact.
The result is that you achieve your goals a lot faster with a few key friends to help you out than if it is just you, banging your head against the wall.
Additionally, the more successful people you’re connected to, the more likely you are to be successful yourself (“You’re the average of your five closest friends”).
DiPiazza suggests the following steps:
1. Find people with mutual interests and make them love you
2. Now that you’ve started that friendship, it’s time to give, give, give
3. Reap the rewards of real friendships
He concludes "... Now imagine doing this for decades. You could go anywhere you want, have access to almost anything you desire and know that in an instant, you’d have the resources to solve your toughest problems. Your friends become your biggest assets."
As with virtually everything else, God’s Kingdom operates by its own set of principles. Rather than looking for the 5 most successful friends we can find, Jesus’ example would have us get as close to as many losers as we can find! For it's only then that we can be sure that our motives are pure and that our service is pleasing to God.
“He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just” (Luke 14:12-14, ESV).
“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10, ESV).