Why is it vital that you stay in contact with people? The answer is simple. You just don’t know where it might lead. I had a childhood friend who I played sports with named Michael. After high school graduation our goals led us in separate directions. My goals led me to play college basketball in Ohio and Hawaii. Michael’s goals led him to Detroit, MI where he began to train for a career as a professional boxer. We had not seen each for many years, but I stayed in touch with him.
After graduating from college, I began my career as a stockbroker in Los Angeles. One day I picked up a local newspaper and I read the following headline:
“Evander Holyfield to Defend the World Heavyweight Boxing Title Against Michael Moorer.”
I could not believe it! This was my childhood friend. Right away, I called a mutual friend of ours back in our small hometown of Monessen, PA to ask if he knew how to get in contact with Michael since the fight was happening the following week in Las Vegas. He did and provided me with the telephone number to the room of one of Michael’s bodyguards. I left a message and asked if he’d have Michael return my call. Honestly, I did not think he’d return my call because we had not seen one another for many years.
Shortly thereafter, my telephone rang and it was Michael. He said that he didn’t realize that I was living in Los Angeles. More importantly, he said that it was nice to hear from an old friend who stayed in touch all these years. He asked if I was planning on attending the fight. When I told him that I would be there he asked me to call him when I arrived so that we could see each other.
To make a long story short, the night before the heavyweight title fight that was going to be broadcast to millions of viewers worldwide, I was visiting with Michael in his hotel room for a few hours. Since attending that first fight, I attended most of Michael’s fights and visited with him while he was at the various training camps before each fight. The fight was awesome, Moorer took a heavy punch during round 2, but he came back winning the title over Holyfield! My friend Michael went on to have an awesome career in boxing!
Why did all this opportunity happen? Simply because I took the initiative to stay in touch with someone that I met in junior high school. Anybody can stay in touch with a periodic phone call or a periodic holiday card or even social media. If you are not making an effort to stay in touch with your contacts, then you might be missing some wonderful life experiences, and you’re losing relationships with particular individuals who could possibly help you acquire what you desire.
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