Young Professionals Point of View: Cultivate a Fertile Network

November
,
2019
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The world is a small place. The theory of six degrees of separation (1) explains that a chain of social connections can connect any two people within six links — highlighting the power of networking. Meeting new people and expanding your network exposes you to new ideas. Even the most creative minds cannot generate new ideas and concepts out of nothing. Talking to people and listening to their experiences challenges personal thought. Networking also bolsters job security and generates opportunities. The common phrase, “It’s not what you know, but who you know,” applies here.

The personal benefits of networking should not be the sole reason you reach out to others. Those who seek connections for their own self-interest squander the opportunity to cultivate deeper connections. Networking is an opportunity to build and maintain mutually beneficial friendships...

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