Common advice I used to always receive is to network and be a connector. While that’s a good way to come up, it’s not stable by itself. Its shaky, like a house of cards. I think networks are definitely important, but creating some form of value as a foundation to build your success “house” on is even better.
Value doesn’t catch feelings, value can’t stab you in the back, value can’t just decide it doesn’t like you anymore, in other words value isn’t human. If you build a house based on connections alone, you can go very far, but one card can cause the whole house to collapse. Then what do you have to fall on?
Lately I have been reading a ton of bios from great entrepreneurs and many of them who are wildly successful, didn’t get there by meeting a bunch of people. They got their because they locked in and created something incredibly valuable. The networking and helping people personally was like the icing on the cake. So do both.
Lock in. Create.
“We get paid for bringing value to the marketplace. It takes time to bring value to the marketplace, but we get paid for the value, not the time.” — Jim Rohn