Every time I see one of those “I keep my circle small” or “I don’t need anyone” memes on social media, I cringe. I’m not really sure when we began our descent into I-can-do-everything-by-myself territory but I wish we’d rethink that route.
I know there is something to be said about self-efficacy and pulling ourselves up by our boot straps and all that jazz but we also need to be realistic. I believe Maya Angelou said it best “Nobody, but nobody can make it out here alone.”
I believe so strongly in the power of connections. It is very true what they say that it’s not always what you know, it’s who you know. Because of who I know and who I am connected to, I have enjoyed some perks and privileges. From jobs to friendships to finding my literary editor, I have learned that connections can work wonders in your life.
And I am not alone in my thinking.
Raven Payne, the founder of twenty40 Young Professionals Group, understands the necessity of networking and connections. Raven, along with co-founders Broderick Engram and Darrell Sabbs, Jr., has a vision for this group to energize, engage and empower the young professionals in the Americus/Sumter County area. Through workshops and networking opportunities, this group hopes to connect 25-45 year olds in the area with other like minded professionals. Gathering the young professionals from a variety of backgrounds, goals, dreams, educational levels and occupations will create a network of experts, beginners and a community of people who want to be better versions of themselves and determined to make a positive impact on Americus/Sumter County.
I am excited for what this group is about and what this group will do in our community. I have not lived in Americus all of my life but this is home. I feel an obligation to contribute to my home in a positive way. By networking with people who want to reach their full potential, I can be motivated to do all I can both personally and professionally. twenty40 wants the young professionals in the community to level up but this isn’t a competition. It’s not about who can earn the most degrees or who can own the most businesses or who can generate the most buzz on social media. It’s about how I can learn from someone else. It’s about how I can set goals to better me and my community. It’s about how we can utilize our talents separately for a unified cause. It’s about how we can grow. It’s about how we can become role models and mentors for the next generation.
Everyone you will every meet knows something you don’t-Bill Nye
There are a lot of holes in Americus. There are a lot of areas we can improve. There are a lot of people that need services we are passionate about or can provide. There is so much we can do. I am excited for the formation of this group and I am ready to connect with people who are about growth and learning, setting and achieving goals and developing into leaders to strengthen the community we call home.
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Thank you Raven and the rest of the twenty40 team for the vision to empower the people of Americus/Sumter County