Jane Friedman gives some good advice here on the importance of networking and helping others to succeed for your publishing career – and life in general. For example:
I’m reading a yet-to-be-published business book by a woman who was the first female VP of manufacturing at Procter & Gamble. Her entire argument comes down to trust. Are you creating experiences with your colleagues that lead them to trust you, recommend you, and essentially “vote” for you to get the new project, get promoted, or get a new job?
- Here’s a story of a 14-year-old who got hired at Apple. Years later, he says success is attributable to people liking him. Quote:
Recognize that by being useful and good to others, you will eventually build a very strong team of supporters. They’ll lift you up to new heights and protect you. If you falter they will be there to bring you back up and support you.
I think it’s one of the most overlooked components of business. Simply, we’re always able to say that at the end of the day, all you have is your friends.
- Seth Godin speaks in this 1-minute video about social networking done right—how it can be relevant and helpful, or entirely pointless, depending on how you’re using it. Are you helping people achieve their goals, reliably and repeatedly? Collecting masses of followers will not help you succeed.