Being Afraid to Network

Do you ever have a brilliant idea but no practical person to get input from? Maybe you’ve had a problem arise but didn’t know the right person to ask for advice. Have you ever wanted to launch your career in a certain direction but didn’t know how to get your foot in the door? You’re not alone, and you may be afraid of networking.

Networking seems like a popular buzzword in the business world. It’s very clear why a company would stress the importance of networking for their business; the more networking opportunities pursued, the more contacts a company has to turn into clients. The benefits of networking for individual purposes, however, seem to be wildly undersold. Divine WealthWise stresses that you don’t have to know everything to be successful. However, you must surround yourself with knowledgeable people to establish a pool of resources for you to use. By sharing and collaborating with other intelligent and empowering people, there is no challenge that cannot be overcome.

It sounds almost too simple to be true, but many people still struggle with being able to open up and ask questions. It’s like being back in school and you’re afraid to ask a question during class out of fear of looking stupid. But, if you asked the question you had, more often than not many other students were probably wondering the same thing. Being aware of this phenomenon helps us change this tendency in ourselves and start conversations.

We have so much to gain and so little to lose when we build up our network. Talking about our ideas and concerns with friends who can refer us to their trusted sources creates a chain of networking. The key to this process is creating an environment of collaboration rather than judgment.