That basketball game you really wanted to see is sold out? Relax, I have connections. You want the best price on a new car? No problem, my brother-in-law works at the dealership. Frustrated in your job search? Forget about patrolling the Internet – “networking” is to modern employment what “plastics” was to Benjamin. From entertainment to shopping to working - and pretty much anything else - it’s not what you know that counts, but who you know.
If connecting to the right people is the secret to success, the 1929 epiphany of Frigyes Karinthy provides some encouragement. Frigyes was the regrettably named Hungarian playwright who first suggested that every other person in the world is six or fewer steps away. His claim was even more remarkable when you consider that to place a phone call to someone in 1929, you had to go through an operator, using up one of your steps before you even got started.