This. All of it.Life isn’t a level playing field.
When I’m looking for someone to work for or provide a service to my business, I’ll invariably use my network for recommendations. I’m far more likely to use someone who is recommended by someone I trust rather than a random responder to an advert.
Successful people go out of their way to meet new people, create connections and build their network. Sitting back and complaining that others have an unfair advantage isn’t a route to success.
Might I commend Adam Grant’s book “Give and Take”. I try to give to my network; givers gain.
The network effect is not simply about maintaining some sort of privileged background. Its about developing connections and helping that network and those participants out when you can. A chunk of my success can be attributed to giving back in many guises because I enjoy it and it's the decent thing to do.
The upside as it so happens has been significant.