It’s not what you know, but who you know.
You’ve heard this well-worn axiom for career success countless times. But how often do you give thought to who those “who” really are?
During the course of my professional life, I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a few individuals who started out as contacts, became my confidants and now function as career partners. My networking VIP is a wise and respected CEO of a private company. No matter the business decision or issue I’m facing, I know I can turn to him for insights.
While having successful and time-tested business pros to tap for advice is invaluable, it’s important to develop a deep and diverse network. Looking at some of the people who’ve helped me the most, here are four surprising individuals who might help you, too: