But the real question is this: What does it take to know people?
How about this for an answer… What I’ve learned from years of interaction and observation, is that it takes approximately 2000 hours to get to know anyone.
To put this into perspective, let me illustrate it this way. Working 40 hours a week for 50 weeks, would be 2000 hours.
Now the question, how likely is it that you will be able to devote 2000 hours in any given year to getting to know someone? In my opinion it is not likely, but should this be a goal of ours?
In my world, while the number of 2000 certainly reflects one’s commitment to building the relationship, and I suggest that you start on this road, it’s also important that each and every one of us take the time to pause, and to pace ourselves on how we build our relationships.