Success comes to those who work hard, it’s a fact.
But I would say, success comes to those who can con and have tact.
Yes, I meant contact!
Whether to jump the queue or to push someone back,
All you will need are some contacts.
To scale the corporate ladder or to ensure a free run,
Contacts are what will get everything done.
Let’s face it, the most important ingredient for success today is not burning the midnight oil but knowing someone who can burn the midnight oil. Huge businesses have been erected on such propositions. Remember the joke about the man marrying the President’s daughter? Let me refresh your memories.
Man: I want to marry your daughter.
President: Why should I give you my daughter’s hand in marriage?
Man: I work for Bill gates.
The President acquiesces.
Then the man goes to Bill Gates.
Man: Give me a job in your company.
Gates: Why would I do so?
Man: I am the son-in-law of the President.
And Mr. Gates hands him a job. Although such a stroke of good fortune might not occur in real life, this anecdote does impress upon the importance of having contacts.
Such is the power and reach of contacts; this is how people reach the finishing line without even running the race. Attend some management coaching or life improvement seminars and the most important ways that they suggest to you for building your career will surely involve building contacts. It’s no surprise then that websites like LinkedIn are such effective platforms. Because simple…they help you build contacts!
The other day, my friend lost her phone and was pitifully lamenting her loss. I tried to console her by saying that it was such an old model and she could buy the latest one. “After all, it was not that great a phone you know! The screen was smaller than 3 inches.” I said to her.
“It’s not the phone I am worried about, you dolt! It’s the contacts!” she rejoindered.
People are always worried about losing their contacts as well as losing contact with their contacts. And it’s not very incredible that everyone attaches a huge value to them. After all, no man is an island. Everyone needs to communicate, everyone needs…yes…contacts. But the importance of contacts in today’s world has increased manifold. You want passes to a show? A resourceful friend will come up with some valuable contacts who can get you passes to a musical concert. You want to attend that buffet or that highly praised play? A contact will get you through. You want to gain admission to a medical college? A handful of good contacts will get you a seat even if nothing else will. In fact, politics is a vehicle running on wheels made of contacts. In today’s world, for all your excesses and desires, you don’t need money as much as you need connections with the right kind of people. Contacts are the new currency, the new money.
You will see people spending money and time just to secure a meeting with someone or to get introduced to that influential person, who could help them in some way or the other in getting a certain post in their company. The age of minting money is giving way to the age of building contacts. At times though, the business of contacts gets to you. Whatever you do seems to require some kind of a contact. It’s as if merit never existed. Getting a license made or even obtaining a voter id, name the job and there will be someone with “contacts” who will be ahead of you.
Perhaps you could turn out to be a valuable contact yourself! Keep connecting! 😉 And for those who shy away from connecting, God save you from those who have contacts!