Business contacts, new friends, potential future employers, and college buddies are all integral parts of a network, because you simply never know how life will play out and how each person might affect it in the future. For many young people, there is a stigma attached to the word “networking” that implies it is an impersonal way of collecting contact information for the sole purpose of finding a job or internship.
It can be scary to ask strangers for help or to attend events with professionals in your industry. But it can be even scarier to think about sharing your contacts with others, perhaps even competitors for the same job or internship you might be after.
I felt this way for a long time—Until I read Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi. This book changed the way I looked at networking. It made me realize that networking is just a fancy word for creating meaningful relationships with people.