Well, the easiest way to explain is to give an example.
An example that is definitely hard to tell, but needs to be shared.
When I was 17 years old, I was tagged as "The Most Promising Basketball Player" in the whole area where I grew up. What an honor to be courted by colleges from across the country for my services of playing the sport of basketball at their institution. It is what I always wanted!
To be fully transparent, it felt really good to have this "relationship" with the colleges that were willing to have me come play at their program.
It was a way out of the low-income situation that I grew up in... playing basketball day after day from when I was about 8 years old... looking to build a future with a university with a skill set (and 6 foot 7 inch frame) that they were looking for.
Until December 7th, 1990.
Then, it turned into a "transaction."
The reason for this, is that I tore my Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) on that fateful Friday night… and after almost ALL of the colleges found out about it, they had stopped contacting me by Monday. Three days later!
Except for two colleges.
Two colleges known for being excellent teaching institutions.
I realized very quickly what the difference between an actual relationship was … versus what a mere transaction was … based on how all of this played out over the course of a weekend.
Therefore, it changed how I viewed these two words, and it has been the foundation of what I have created in … The P.O.W.E.R.F.U.L. Program.
A program that I hope can change many lives, by instilling not only educational values, but character, integrity, and a sense of purpose for future generations.
Have a great day, go out there, and make some meaningful relationships with others, and make sure it's not just a "transaction."
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