“The world is my oyster” is an often-quoted line from Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, and it has been adapted to modern times to remind us that opportunity is all around us, if only we will make the effort to open up to it.
If you want to expand your life by expanding your universe of connections, you need look no further than the person sitting or standing next to you, behind you, or across the room from you, every single day. All it takes is the courage to take the road less traveled, to invite conversation, to tap into the desire we all have for direct human contact—even as we text on our smartphones and tap away on our computer keyboards.
I leave home every day believing the world is a friendly place, that I can meet just about anyone, that everyone I come across has something to offer, and that I, too, have value to give. And whether the opportunity is obvious or not, the potential is for money or friendship, immediate or long term, I have enriched my business, my career, my income, and my life through those I’ve encountered, right outside my door.
It always has been, and always will be, through the people we meet and know that we achieve our goals and expand our lives. We can’t do it alone. So when we meet someone who can help us along in our journeys, if we can return some value in kind, it is more than likely a perfect chance to find the pearl that sits waiting inside the oyster that is your world.