Winning the cooperation of others, whether it be in the form of mentoring, advice, or partnership, is as absolutely critical to the successful accomplishment of objectives as it is achieving a desired level of personal growth. All of the great success teachers of our time have reinforced this point time and time again. From Napoleon Hill to Tony Robbins, from Zig Ziglar to Donald Trump, those who are truly accomplished will be quick to give credit to others for helping them get there along the way. While it is their name that's recognizable to us, they themselves know that nobody makes anything of value strictly by themselves. By contrast, we have come to take for granted the amout of leverage and support the existence of others and their contributions provide to our own efforts. If you wish to do almost anything in this world, whether it is get a job, buy groceries, or write a children's book, you cannot do it without the assitance of society in some part.

You might know this, and it may even seem overly obvious, but have you put this theory into practice with intent and precision?

As an exercise, pick a mid-priority goal and make a list of all the people whom you could literally just ask for help in its achievement. Disregard such issues as whether you can even reach them, whether they care ot help you, or if such people even really exist. Do it as a hypothetical, if necessary. If you do this and take a close look at your list, you may have five, perhaps ten names. Twenty names is extraordinary. Now consider that this list is actually a list of Potential Opportunity Cost. If only you were to look past the barriers to getting these people's purpose aligned with yours (at least one or two of them, even if for a single meeting just to ask for guidance and advice), you would begin to see each name as a possibility to learn something new or to take another step in your the right direction.

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