Have you checked out your social circle? Surely, you are likely to say you have huge network. But when you check out that is a narrow social circle with similar people. Your circle is likely to be of same ethnicity, similar likes and dislikes, etc.. In all probability, they resemble you in some manner.
Tanya Menon, Organizational psychologist, questions about people’s circles and encourages them to widen their social universes at her TED talk. Tanya Menon considers how you can be more intentional about expanding your social universes — and how it can lead to new ideas and opportunities.
If you think about it, check back and see special moments in your life (other than special family events), you will realize that those came from people you met for the first time or places where you have never been to. Those were your new connections.
Tanya Menon states that these weak ties — or new connections — are “your ticket to a whole new social world”. She encourages people to break their social habits by making life a little more inefficient and straying from their daily routines. She suggests visiting new social hubs including coffee shops.
Have you wondered how did you get your job? Most likely you found the job through weak ties- from people you just met recently. According to sociologist Mark Granovetter, most people don’t secure job opportunities through strong ties — think mother, father, significant other.
It is interesting phenomenon in today’s changing world. As more people seek to be on their own rather than depend on a company for their livelihood, networking is essential. It entails on reaching out to the people who may not be in your “circle”. To network effectively, you will need to affirm yourself with positive statements regularly. That can only happen if you have confidence in yourself about who you are. You will be surprised how positive you can be when you liberate from conventional way. You will realize your uniqueness as you reach out.
Simply put, you are already aware of the universe within, reach out to the universe beyond.