What Are Your Connectors?

I remember the first time I felt different. 

I was 10 and I had just started going to an International school in Burkina Faso.

Suddenly I was this skinny Nigerian kid with a strong Nigerian accent in a French speaking country in an American intenational school going through puberty. 

I need to find a way to connect and my default had always been sports. 

At that time, I only knew how to play soccer but when I looked around me, I saw that people were playing basketball. 

So I decided that I needed to learn how to play basketball. 

I went to the library and checked out all the books on basketball and then all the Sports Illustrated for Kids. 

Once I got the fundamentals down, I now needed to apply it to the courts. 

I went to the best basketballer on campus and asked him if he could teach me the game. 

He said yes and our 1 on 1’s became 2 on 2’s then 3 on 3’s and then 4 on 4’s and then 5 on 5’s 

All of sudden our differences didn’t matter anymore. I had Ivorian, Taiwanese, Dutch, Cameroonian and American teammates but on that court we were one. 

We had a common goal to win! 

What if we applied that to everyday life? How much of a difference would that make?

Find your connectors and use it to connect across cultures. 

Mine are sports, pop culture and geography. What are yours?

Tayo Rockson

Tayo Rockson is a storyteller, cultural translator, and brand strategist for change-makers on a mission to use his difference to make a difference.  He is a 4x TEDx speaker, the CEO of UYD Management, and the host of the As Told by Nomads podcast. In addition to that, he's been named a "Top 40 Millennial Influencer" by New Theory magazine. His book Use Your Difference To Make A Difference is based on how to connect and communicate in a cross-cultural world.

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