Build Your Network

You heard it said, It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. The other day I was listening to an interview of Harvey McKay by Eric Worre. One of the things that Harvey shared with Eric was when he was 18, his Dad taught him to start building his network of contacts and today, he has over 13,000 relationships that he could count on if he needed some help. His Dad taught him to not only gather the contact information but to work on building a relationship by staying in touch.

Listening to the interview with Harvey, Eric also praised his book, Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty. I remembered getting a signed copy and reading this book back in approximately 1998, so I decided to go back and read it again. Many of the great books of our time are worth reading many times over. I always get something new each time I re-read a great book. The book gives advice on how to build and maintain the network you need. In today’s world, talent won’t guarantee success, experience won’t guarantee success,  and hard work won’t even guarantee success.

I have heard that wealthy people have two things in common. First, they have learned how to leverage either money or people. Second, they also generally have large networks. You probably heard of the movie Six Degrees of Separation. This refers to the fact that every person on this earth is linked to every other person by only six people. In other words, we can be connected or networked with anyone through a chain of only six people.

You might be thinking there’s no way. You might be thinking you don’t have a big network. We’ll that OK. It’s never to late to build and grow your network. I told my son the other day whenever he meets someone, to get their business card or at least their name, phone number and email address. Make a note on the back of the card about that person. Then make it a point to continue building your relationship with that person. It can be something as simple as an email or a phone call to stay in touch. It’s never to late to Build Your Network.

The social medias are a good way to meet like-minded, positive people, but unless you do something to grow the relationship, you’re really not building your true network. A network is someone you can call on if you need a job, money, advice, or help of any kind. They are people you can turn to and count on. I have a goals to build my network by 2 people a day. What’s your goal?

Have an awesome day and Build Your Network.

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