It is said that your network creates your networth. Do any of you feel you can relate to this? If you don’t, I have some insight for you today…..it does relate to you. A large misunderstanding to networking is that in only applies to those in business. The truth is, you are your own business. Everyday you wake up, you have a business to run….your life. If we can value every step we take and every choice we have, as if our life is our business…I think we would make different choices.
Who is your network? Everyone else around you. Your family, your friends, your job, and all the new people you meet. Life shouldn’t be dubbed as just another business concept, but the truth is, our lives would be much more rich if we at least stopped for a moment and thought of it that way. Your network are people you help, and allow to help you. So why not apply that to the strangers in this world? Do unto others…..you know the rest….. we hear it in many different ways. Network without interest in return, but have faith that those who want you in their network, will respond.
For example, on the lowest scale… If we get coffee everyday, at the same place at the same time, every morning…. there is a good chance we may have the same barista. Now we can either ignore the fact that we have become a “regular” for them, or we can recognize the network relationship we could cultivate. That would look like engaging with that barista, in conversation, by giving thanks, or complimenting their consistent service. In response to that, you may become their favorite customer, the order they remember, or even just a daily customer they look forward to serving. It should not model manipulation, but rather serve in relationship building. Who knows, maybe that barista will aid in your “business” later. Networking is not the people you know, but the ones that know you…so lets all be worth knowing by creating a reputation to be known.
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