In the past month, as I have reconciled myself with a revised game plan which demands that I leave London and return to make Johannesburg my permanent base, I’ve been struck by a recurring observation. We often say that things are just ‘a matter of time’ as if time has anything to do with real outcomes. But we’re wrong. It’s a matter of people.
It’s not a matter of time before my next project reaches critical mass, it’s a matter of people.
It’s not a matter of time before my business idea generates a livable revenue stream, it’s a matter of people.
For that matter, it’s not a matter of time before a broken heart heals or an adventure kicks off or a zesty excitement for life begins to grip you once you (or I) have been kicked down a little. It’s a matter of people, or perhaps a person.
An example of this is the often-told tale of how Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was rejected by all 12 publishers to which it was submitted but that ultimately one editor at Bloomsbury decided to take a second look. But for that one person, it may never have made it into the light.
Like so many observations I make on this blog, this is probably pretty obvious to many of you. It is to me too, in broad terms. I write about it here however because the opportunities unfolding before me which I am confident will lead me into a successful 2013 feel like they’re less to do with my ideas, and more to do with the way in which a few key people are helping me to create ripples.
I couldn’t do it alone. And no amount of time would make my project gain momentum. It’s people that are the key ingredient.