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Networks, are you building yours?

I thought I would share with you an extract from Harvey Mackay book entitled ‘DIG YOUR WELL BEFORE YOU’RE THIRSTY- THE ONLY NETWORKING BOOK YOU’LL EVER NEED.  This book contains many great chapters and important take ways to support you in building your network.  It’s never too late to start.


The New York Times ran a series of front page articles on the devastating effects of downsizing on American workers.

Since 1979, more than 43 million jobs have been lost in America (given that this book was first published in 1997, with confidences I would say this figure has increased dramatically). Though a greater number than that have been added, many are at lower pay.  Among those who have been laid off and have found new jobs, two- thirds are earning less.

When I finished reading the articles I came to the conclusions:

1.Talent alone will not save you in today’s economy.

2.The traditional advice – more training and education – will not save you.

3.The government will not save you.

4.No matter how self reliant, dedicated, loyal, competent, well educated and well trained you are, you need more than you to save yourself.

5.You need a network.  You need your network.  Every day.  A network will help you deal with some of life’s minor annoyances as well as you most challenging problems. Your network can provide role models, advise you, comfort you, provide you with financial assistance, intellectual and social resources, entertainment, and a ride to work in the morning.

Without it, you’ll have a hard time finding a client, making a sale, seeking a job, hiring the right employee. To say nothing of the personal stuff, like locating a competent doctor, buying a house, or deciding on a nursery school for your kids.

If I had to name the single characteristic shared by all the truly successful people I’ve met over a lifetime, I’d say it is the ability to create and nurture a network of contacts.

6.I would share what I had learned from a lifetime of networking.

No matter how smart you are, no matter how talented, you can’t do it alone.
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1 comment to Networks, are you building yours?

  • Thank you Mel for the very appropriate, and timely reminder. You, and you new best friend Harvey, certainly can get a significant point across in few important words.

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