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Social Network in Personal and Interpersonal Development Personal & Interpersonal Development: Building your Social Network Many experts affirm that to be rich and famous, you must first have good connections or relationships in the business or industry that you plan to be working in. This is true; you need to be noticed by people who can pull strings or arrange opportunities for you to ply your trade and let people know that you are god at what you do, and being introduced to the right people is always a major asset. However, it is also important not just to rely on people just for the sake of their connections alone; social climbers are often frowned on in most societies, because these kinds of people tend to seek connections with others solely for their own personal gain. By learning to foster a network of people who you can genuinely relate to, you will be able to achieve more results in both improving your standing with them, as well as improving yourself for the better. There are actually two kinds of relationships that any person may forge with another. The first of these relationships mainly revolves around give and take, while the second is established due to personal choice. There are many advantages of each type of relationship, although the former tends to reap more financial advantages, while the latter is mainly for personal reasons. Giving and taking is an integral part of any relationship, and often serves as one of its basis. Frequently taking something – whether it is a physical possession, learning a skill – from someone else, common courtesy also demands that you give or provide something of value to the person, in order to allow you to keep on learning or receiving things from him. This, however, should not be the cornerstone of your relationships, as you should establish some sort of rapport with the person on a more personal level as well. Striking up a friendship, and therefore a connection, with the person, tends to have much more advantages for both parties rather than simply forging an alliance due to similar interests or goals. There are many types of relationships that do not even require a give or take relationship, and this is one of the best connections that you can enjoy. Because there is no requirement to provide things for other people, nor is there the urgency to receive anything from the other party, anything that is exchanged between the two people are done mainly out of friendship or love. Being in this kind of relationship allows you to become more attentive and more attuned to the feelings and problems of the other person in question. With this kind of relationship, you are no longer governed by personal gain or financial gain. Instead, you are concerned for the well being of the other person simply because of the friendship or the love that you share. Being more concerned about the other person’s needs enables you to grow as a person; you are more susceptible to other people’s feelings, and you learn that being in a relationship does not necessarily need to have any foreseeable advantage, but that you can enter into a relationship just to enjoy the other person’s company, thereby improving your empathy. Moreover, you can also improve your attitude and character according to the person’s opinions regarding that matter. By using their suggestions and advices to become a better person, you also improve your attitude towards other people that you meet and interact with. Forming connections and relationships with other people are almost a guarantee, especially in modern society. Some of these relationships can be used to improve oneself financially or politically, but it is bonds made out of friendship and love that bests increases one’s personal self-development, and enriches their values in the process.
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