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 an avid lover of sports, marketing and non profit who loves helping and meeting new people. This blog is a refection of all he has learned. You can reach him at tayorockson@yahoo.co.uk or on Twitter at @TayoRockson.

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