Remember when we learned about compounded interest and how starting even a modest savings program early in life would build a financial foundation for our retirement years? Some of us started saving right away and faithfully continued to build our nest egg. Others decided to live in the moment and let the future take care of itself, only to find themselves without resources when they needed them. Building your network works the same way. Don’t wait until you need help to build a support network.
I often give this analogy to young people starting their careers or even still in college. Take advantage of the relationships you’re forming every day of your life. Keep in touch with the Professors you had in college, the colleagues you work with throughout your career, and the people you move with in the community.
Find a way at least once a year to check in with them. Send an article that they might find interesting – perhaps on a topic the two of you shared in the past. Ask how they are doing and what’s new in their world. Perhaps share a new highlight in your life. Always end letting them know to reach out if there is anything you can do to support them.
More about that in my next article.