Networking is the key to success


This lesson I learned hard way that Networking plays a vital role in achieving success

When I tried to figure out how people of moderate skills accomplish so much in life, I saw they were pretty good at networking. They always have someone in their phone-book ready to help them, advise them, have fun with them, at all hours of the day. 

Such people have someone who can get them into big companies, protect them from the police, get their kids into top-notch schools, get hospital beds during a hospital stay, and even get a Remdesivir shot.

These are some of the common problems of an average person. Now imagine how many problems a common business man or woman would have?

Is it possible for them to do and solve everything themselves? No.

Before I talk about the importance of networks in business, let’s look at our food chain. That too depends on the network or connections between species, none can survive alone. Our entire life is based on networks, then how can a business be successful without them?

So, expand your network. Keep working in this direction. Don’t wait for people to come to you, go talk and make friends. You may think that speaking for a motive is selfish.

But, selfish interests drive everything here, there’s no reason to feel bad about it. Who knows, you might help someone to. So don't load your mind with such thoughts and focus on how to have more connections?

Why people fail to build a good network?

1) They shy away from talking to strangers.

2) They underestimate themselves.

3) Their principles don’t allow them to be selfish for their business needs.

4) Their ego gets in the way.

 5) They don’t know how to value people. 

6) They don’t want to accept help from others.

7) They are afraid that they will expose their weakness.

If you fall under any of these categories, believe that you need to flush out such thoughts. 

Open your doors to everyone.

How should you expand your network if you suck at it?

1) Read good non-fiction books that preach to improve communication skills.

I recommend reading “How to Win Friends and Influence People?" 

Usually business people don’t have time to read books, but don’t worry, take this audible membership, and listen to books.

2) Criticise no one, only give constructive criticism and guide people if you have the ability.

No one likes to be criticised, not even YOU.

3) Attend business events and interact with people.

4) Make personal connexions with people outside the professional world. Allow them to enter your thought space.

5) Always stay connected with people. Never wait for people to call, surprise them, and call first. 

6) Try to help if you can.

7) Always be with people in their sad moments.

At the end, if this is not your cup of tea, then believe in your strengths, utilise it. It will take time but success will knock your doors.

This post is a part of Blogchatter A-Z Challenge- #blogchatterA2Z. Check out my A-Z Challenge theme, or read previous posts.

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Chetan Maheshwari

Hello, I am a Project Management Professional, and an author and a blogger by passion. I like good sarcasm and humor. Books, people around me, and nature inspire me, and my blogs and book reflect the same.


Let me know what you think

  1. Hi Chetan. Great article. This aspect is often overlooked when you are an introvert. But without networking, it is impossible to succeed. I recently read somewhere about a Chinese billionaire who shared breakup of his monthly budget. Turns out that a staggering 20% is kept aside for networking (buying gifts, obliging people etc.). If that doesn't emphasizes on it's importance, I don't know what would.

  2. Networking is so important for building a successful business. Thank you for these valuable tips.

  3. Hi Raghav
    I agree with you , and thanks for sharing this example...Networking is a key to success

  4. Yes Purba, networking beats any other tip.Thank You

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