The most successful, well-rounded and happy people are most often the ones who are best connected to other successful, well-rounded and happy people. When these people need support or information, they know the right people to call.
How well-connected you are determines your access to those with the most money, the best contacts, the real power and influence (not to mention the best seats at sporting events). Being connected to the right people opens up opportunities for you and your company.
“A noble person attracts noble people and knows how to hold onto them.”
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Building solid relationships with other professionals in your field is also a crucial part of career development and job-hunting. During tough economic times, your network has the power to help you make a positive move and provide a stepping stone to your next career. Best to develop your network before you need it.
If you are already looking for a new job, deep down in your blood pumper you already know that you need to get out there and connect with people. Sure, in a perfect world, your track record and past successes would speak for themselves, but without professional and personal contacts, your two-page spiffy resume on off-white professional-grade paper is likely going to just take up space in a pile on a hiring manager's overstimulated desk.
You are going to have to log off Monster, move away from the keyboard, and find a room to work.
Contributed by: Dean Lindsay, Award Winning Speaker and Author of The Progress Challenge & Co-Author of Stepping Stones to Success