Who You Know Is “Almost” Everything

Posted: October 2, 2016 in Uncategorized
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If there is one major thing they don’t teach you in business school, it is networking.  Working in a University is very different from working in the real world and there are certain personality skills that cannot necessarily be taught.

One rule of thumb is: It really helps to be liked.

No matter what you are doing in life; sales, marketing, civil service, personal training, etc.  You will be surprised by how much MORE you can accomplish if you are a likable person.

People want to work around people that they like.  And unless your work is really exceptional, it’s hard to make it anywhere if you are not liked or respected.

And that brings me to NETWORKING.  Networking is so important that it can’t be understated.  Strong networking can open doors and keep you employed for years on end.

In business you need to know people.  In the last several years I have picked up several important mentors that without them, I would never have made a dime or learned the business.

Knowing someone can get you to the front of the interview line, or even better, a guaranteed position.

It can also get you invited to an afternoon yacht ride, skiing in Aspen or happy hour in Central Park.

It can even find you a spouse.

At this stage in my life, I try to force myself to meet new people.  Whether is signing up for a class or selling a new product, I try to meet and gain connections with as many people as I can.  Some end up being useless or time wasting but others become home-run connections or life-long friends.  But overall, it is important to meet new people.

Do you want to be my friend?

-John

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