Derek Sivers

Meet three new people every week


That's your simple goal to expand your network. Meet three new people every single week — people that could actually help your career.

Have a real conversation, ideally in-person, or on the phone. But make it more than a tiny ping on social media. An email only counts if it turns into a real two-way conversation.

At that rate, you’ll have relationships with over 150 new people in a year. Hopefully the interest is mutual, and there are just as many ways that you can help them as they can help you.

The thing is, you have to develop these relationships.

Put them on your A, B, or C list. Stay in touch. Go beyond the introduction, and really get to know these people, what they’re looking for in business and life, what they’re interested in, and how you can help them.