Relationships Are Necessary to Your Goal Achievement, But They Only Succeed When Everyone Benefits
The bible says, “Ask and you shall receive.” You can’t do everything by yourself…and you can’t get help if you don’t ask for it. If you let fear of asking rule you, disappointment is your companion. Do what you’re afraid of. Fear disappears…and success takes its place.
Your future success depends on the relationships you cultivate now. Those relationships can’t be one-sided, if you offer no benefit to the person who’s help you need, that person has no valid reason to enter into the relationship with you. Always seek your relationships knowing what you have to offer, and then ask for the relationship explaining the benefits you bring with you.
Often when I think of relationships an old mountain mining town in Arizona comes to mind. I once read these words as I entered the town:
“These animals are wild. They will bite and kick.”
So reads the sign at the edge of town. And the Burros of Oatman, Arizona are wild. Most of them live in the nearby mountains. But a dozen or so (and a few babies) roam up and down the street of this one-time gold mining town in search of handouts from the many visitors who take a day break from the casinos of Laughlin, Nevada.
Nobody owns the burros, they freely come and go as they please, and they do bite or kick on rare occasion. Once, one nipped at the back of my lady’s leg…I guess the burro thought she had some food. But the burros don’t often bite or kick. Today, relying on the tourists that buy carrots from the various shops to feed them, the burros are somewhat gentle.
Oatman lies in the Black Hills southwest of Bull Head City, Arizona. From the early 1900s to the 1940s, miners mined most of Arizona’s gold in this area. Then, in World War II, the mines closed because our government needed other types of metal. And the miners moved away to work in mines that produced those other metals. The miners abandoned the town, and the burros along with it.
When the miners left them the burros moved into the mountains, turned wild, and lived wild.
Oatman became a real ghost town in 1952 when Route 40 opened up and bypassed the mountains to the south. It abandoned the historic Route 66, which runs through the town. In the 70s tourists started re-visiting Route 66 and Oatman came back to life.