At 3/30/12 08:02 AM, masheenH3ad wrote:
Thanks! This made my day. You made the topic in jest so I feel it is not that serious anymore. Thanks again! :)
Anyway I'll offer my own little two cents. Obviously I'm just some fucker and not some business executive, but this is what I've picked up.
There's basically two broad kinds of connections: as people have said, the people you're related to, and also the people you've met. The people you're related to are, to be frank, infinitely more useful. They'll scratch your back, you scratch theirs, and you're family so its all cool. Seriously, go talk to your family members you never know when something might come up that mutually benefits the both of you.
The people you meet, they're people that you work with, and are friends with. Business partners so you've got the opportunities for mutually beneficial deals, and friends so that when you smash that car into that lambpost while completely drunk you've got someone you've done some work for and is fond of yah to sweep it all under the carpet. "Friends in High Places" is literally just that - you meet through work, and become friends because hey you've already got common ground.
Accumulating the latter kinds of contacts is really just a case of doing stuff, doing it well, being social, responsive, and generally be nice (not bootlicking, just don't be a dick). Tah-dah, hope that's helpful, but as I've said most of my experience is really just from doing art commissions and stuff.