Nancy walked back to Soup, Inc., headquarters thinking about all the marketing potential associated with Grandma's soup. Six months ago, they'd been strangers, and now, after a fruitful relationship that helped Nancy save the company, they were going into business together. She thought of all the turning points in her life and realized that every great event happened because of one relationship or another. She had met her husband through a relationship. She had landed her first job out of college because of a relationship. She'd been hired at Soup, Inc., because of a relationship. She reasoned that the people we meet and the relationships we develop have the biggest influence on the course of our lives.
It was a lesson she wanted to impart to her kids and anyone who would listen: "The world is a mosaic of people and opportunities, and when you make relationships your priority, the possibilities are endless. Great relationships lead to great outcomes. Develop as many great relationships as possible. Make time for them. Nurture them. Engage them. Not just at work but at home. In your community. On airplanes. At the ball field. Everywhere. You never know where your next idea, opportunity, or life-changing moment will come from or which relationship will be behind it."