Harvey Mackay, Guest Author
Caution: Don’t build a network that looks just like you!
The power is in diversity, so diversify – starting with age. When you’re just starting out, the older members of your network are likely to be in much better position to give you a leg up than your peers.
When you get to be a geezer, you need the younger members to give you a sense of what’s “in” and what’s “out.” You’re sure not going to get it from the Guy Lombardo (“Who’s he?” you ask) crowd.
The same goes for the benefits you’ll receive by adding different gender/religion/education/race/income level interests to your network.
If everyone in your network is the same as you… it isn’t a network, it’s an anthill.
Larry’s NOTE: I recently spoke to a networking group and was asked, “What is your opinion of having people outside of your own group to network with?” First of all it is important to have loyalty to the members of your group. If you have others outside of your group that you network with and they do not conflict with the members in your own group, by all means network with them. Better yet, invite them to be a part of the membership of your group. The point of diversity in networking is to develop a network of support that includes people from all areas of business.
Copyright © 2014 – Harvey Mackay. Adapted from the book, “Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty: The Only Networking Book You’ll Ever Need” by Harvey Mackay. His books are among the top 15 inspirational business books of all time, according to the New York Times. In total, Harvey’s books have sold 10 million copies worldwide, been translated into 37 languages and sold in 80 countries.Harvey is a nationally syndicated columnist for United Feature Syndicate, whose weekly articles appear in 52 newspapers around the country, including the Chicago Sun Times, Rocky Mountain News, Orange County Register, Minneapolis Star Tribune and Arizona Republic. Visit Harvey’s Website!
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