God wants you to love other people. You do so through service. And He rewards you for it.
-Rabbi Daniel Lapin
Rabbi Lapin explains that the Jewish word for love is, Ahav, which literally means: to give. God wants us to love people by serving them and He rewards us for it. So what does this have to do with networking? Networking is meeting and learning how to serve people.
When I was going through my undergraduate studies networking fell into the bucket of ‘so overused it was beginning to lose its meaning’. Or at least that was the case for me. It seemed like it was in every top ten list to being the next king of the moon or whatever equally capable success article I was reading. Luckily, one of my entrepreneurship professors cleared it up for me. Dr. Noel told our class that networking is connecting with someone else so that you know what value they bring to the market and they know what value you bring. In other words, you know how to help them and they know how to help you.
Once I had this understanding of networking, the advice I kept reading in business articles to ‘work your network’ finally made sense. Help people. Zig Ziglar says “You can get whatever you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.” I think he is right.
In his book, Thou Shall Prosper, Rabbi Lapin says that reward will follow in proportion to the lack of self interest we project while forming relationships. In other words, are you here to help me get what I want or to have me help you get what you want? One of those is a lot more attractive. I will let you decide which one is which.
A takeaway from Thou Shall Prosper by Rabbi Daniel Lapin
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