We spend one-third of our lives at the workplace and having to build a sound professional network cannot be overemphasized. The fact is that building and maintaining a personal or professional network is not so easy and a bit tricky because it takes time, work, and a good strategy.
Aside from building a good relationship at your workplace, you need to build a more meaningful network across your industry as this will help you to develop your career, open up opportunities and eventually become your biggest asset.
There is a reason for the popular saying “no man is an Island”. The reason is that no one can be solely responsible for success in life as there must be other human factors who had contributed to your success and this can only be as a result of your professional network built and nurtured over time. You need to be intentional with whom you build a professional network with because you don’t have to network with everyone. You have to be sure you can add value to the other person and also you stand a chance to benefit from their knowledge.
Hence, I urge everyone reading this today; the more you network, the more you’ll grow as you can be confident that someone within your network will be able to help you out when the chips are down.
Michele Jennae once said, “Networking is not about just connecting people. It’s about connecting people with people, people with ideas, and people with opportunities”.
Finally, you should have in the back of your mind that, it is never too early or too late to invest in your network.