Waking up each day you never know who you’re going to meet therefore anytime you leave the house it should be treated as a possible opportunity to network. For instance, I never leave the house without business cards. I picked this habit up in college while establishing myself as a young journalist. It’s the best habit that I’ve picked up and I always feel prepared for new “chance” encounters.
It’s understandable if you can’t be at every social event especially because ambitious people typically have at least one job whether it be work, school or both. Outside of work (or school), take the opportunity to bring your ambitions to life. Go out and meet new people! It’s better to start developing these habits early on. Yeah, it’s summer and “so and so” is having a party at club “whatchamacallit” and you’re in your twenty’s so your attitude is YOLO (you only live once) but that business venture isn’t going to jump start itself and the longer you wait the least likely it is to happen.
Ambitious individuals need to keep making new friends because “new people” bring “new knowledge.” You’ll learn when networking that some individuals have been to places or done things that you can only dream of doing and may hold the key to getting you there; they may know something you don’t and it may be that something that’s holding you back. I’m not saying ditch your old friends like the typical gold-digger does her broke boyfriend after meeting someone richer BUT think of every new person you meet as an opportunity to learn something new that’ll help you get to that next level of where you need to be to reach your dreams. Be a goal digger!
Here’s another scenario: You may find that you have nothing in common with your new friends but guarantee they know someone who does have something in common with you and vice versa. You never know who’s in someone’s network. IT’S ALL ABOUT TAKING CHANCES!
Also, think about this scenario: You may meet someone that has similar goals as yourself in life but may be lacking the resources (as you are yourself) but together you could be very successful and BOOM—there’s your business partner. Let’s be honest, everything can’t be done alone– even Mark Zuckerburg had help.
Other ways to network besides “in –person” is the internet.
I’ve met so many like minded individuals via Twitter and Instagram. Use hash tags when posting about your passions and ambitions. There are groups you can join (whether it be on Facebook or LinkedIn) where you can network with like-minded individuals. Using hash tags on Twitter makes it easier to find like-minded individuals and makes it easier for like-minded individuals to find you. I’ve even been getting introduced to different people that my friend’s follow solely based on what I’m trying to do in life and depending on what they’re trying to do in life. Therefore, it helps to connect with people because again you just never know whom they know.
Utilize the networks that you already have to meet more people and don’t forget to return the favor! If you meet someone that could benefit from meeting another one of your friends (and vice versa) don’t hesitate to introduce them.