Solid Council

“Imagine if I never met the broskis.” — Drake

I have networks that I am apart of. Chapel Hill High. University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Alpha Phi Alpha. 100 Black Men. Berean Baptist Church.

Then I have circles, within those organizations, that I look to when I would like to make forward moves. The class of 2006 at Chapel Hill High. The Black Business Students Association at UNCG. The Pi Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

But, when it’s time for me to make decisions, I have an inner circle of advisors that I reach out to. They are the people whose insight I solicit regularly. I talk to all of these people monthly, if not weekly. Over the 7 years since I graduated from college, I’ve had quite a few jobs and quite a few entrepreneurial aspirations. Each of these have involved conversations with these people. While following instincts is critical to one’s survival, it is also important that we, as creatures who can reason, use our reasoning capacity to make the most advantageous decision possible.

So I call Devon* and Bryce and Byron. I reach out to Vince and Brittany and Cory. I sit down with Sean and Reko and Steff. We discuss what’s going on in life and what long term decisions make sense and which ones need to be placed on a back burner. Each of these people have been in my life since 2008 or before and, therefore, have earned the right to tell me whether or not I’m thinking clearly.

Develop a circle of trusted advisors and trust them. It doesn’t mean you have to go with their decisions but you should consult them just to make sure you’re looking at things from different perspectives. Trust people who’ve proven themselves to be trustworthy. Their wisdom combined with yours can prove to be invaluable.

Make developing a solid circle a priority.

*Devon just missed the decade date but he’s still deep into the circle.

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