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Building Your Network

Build your strong safety net by connecting with existing friends and colleagues.

By
Stever Robbins,
June 3, 2008
Episode #033

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Today's topic is networking. The quick and dirty tip is to start with your current network — it's larger than you think (and guys don't get too excited. I said, your network is larger than you think).

Some things are solitary activities. You can do them alone and everything is great. Crossword puzzles, jogging, and literary criticism can all be done alone. But other favorite activities can only be done in a group. Synchronized swimming, pub crawls, and mud wrestling come to mind. I tried mud wrestling by myself, once. The joy was just... gone.

Life Is a Group Activity

Life is a group activity. Humans are built to travel in groups, and virtually everything we do these days involves other people, either directly or indirectly. Old science fiction novels painted a picture of the future where everything would be automated. "Work" would be showing up to push a button. Do we really want that? Without other people, we have no one to order around, no one to kow-tow to for favor (except our sweetie, of course), and no one to give us ambiguous, unreasonable goals. Life would be hell. Fortunately, that's not our world.

In our world, people do key stuff in our lives. People choose what to pay us. People decide when to hire us, fire us, and promote us. People give us tips, share our burdens, hug us, help us move, and, on our birthday, give us an Oreo cake bigger than our head so we can truthfully say to our trainer at the gym, "I haven't bought any ice cream since I started working out." (Tyler, if you are listening, I am not talking about my birthday cake. Really.) People are almost as big a part of our life as shrink-wrap.

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