Networking. Networking. Networking. It seems to be one of the most important tools to achieve success (as defined by them).
Yet again, I am reminded of the power and significance of networking. I have heard, read, and seen countless people share experiences and anecdotes of how networking has brought them to their present situations. I don’t doubt it. I’ve had several such experiences too.
However, what’s often times missing from these presentations is the simple and obvious fact that people overlook their already existing networks—-family & best friends. I was talking to my friend about my frustrations amidst a search to find a developer when she mentioned an aunt who will hopefully be a huge help! Why the hell did I not think to ask her before? DUH.
Talk to your friends and family. Tell em what’s up. Facebook updates and Tweets can get lost (but most likely ignored).
There’s no reason why your parents, parents’ friends, distant cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, or best friends’ relatives shouldn’t be in your network. There’s no shame. The people around you can sometimes be of the greatest help. If you’re being hounded by someone like me, don’t hesitate to connect someone.
And when someone does help you, PLEASE thank them.