I’ve met with numerous young leaders recently who want the opportunity to “make it on their own.” I’ve seen it in my own two sons. They want to get their first job without the help of others. They want to stand on their own merits. They want to attain a level of accomplishment without the help of their parents, their parent’s friends, or any connection they didn’t make personally.
I understand. I felt the same way when I was a young leader.
And, I love the ambition. I simply don’t agree with the practice. That’s based on experience it’s taken me years to understand.
Don’t try to make it on your own.
For one thing, we weren’t meant to live life alone. We are designed for fellowship, with our Creator and with other people. But, also, it simply doesn’t work.
There is no such thing as a self-made person.
Everyone gains success with the help of others. Failure to realize that leads to false pride.
More than ever before, knowing the right connections can help you accomplish your goals. I’ve told my two boys they will most likely never have a job in their lifetime where they didn’t know someone who helped them obtain it. If that person is your parents, or people your parents know, so be it.
I’m not suggesting you don’t try and I’m not releasing you of responsibility. You are ultimately, under God’s authority of course, responsible for charting your own course. You can’t expect anyone to give you something you aren’t willing to earn.
I am suggesting that you shouldn’t be timid or feel bad about using the connections and networking relationships you’ve been allowed to make or those connections of people who know you and care for you. Those relationships may be as important as any skill you bring to the table.
Does it bother you to rely on help your parent’s offer you?