Business has always been about networking. People connecting with people and sharing that connection with others.
But leveraging relationships for financial gain in business would not help in building a community of flourishing humans.
If you Google “tips on how to network” you will find this advice: “Don’t pitch too soon.” People can discern when someone is working them. Thank God for that! Relationships built on the attitude of “what can I get from you” will eventually break down. This attitude is a supreme breach of trust; and trust is the key building block to a healthy interdependent relationship.
Our natural bent is to look out for number one. It takes a renewed mind to think about how to apply the Golden Rule in relationships. It also takes faith to believe that if we do we will benefit in ways that far outweigh financial rewards.