Building Your Own Support System published an article awhile back entitled Your Personal Board of Directors. They talk about successful people who used a small circle of trusted advisors to provide advice, opinions, and a sounding board. People who surround themselves with quality mentors go far – they succeed by utilizing the collective experiences and wisdom of a larger group.

Isn’t that what networking is all about? Finding people who have expertise and experience in areas of interest to you, so when you have a question you know where to go for the answer. Of course, the flip side is that you need to not only be willing to advise others where you can, but you need to actively look for ways to help others. You may be able to offer technical or career advice, or you may be able to help someone with something completely unrelated to their career. It doesn’t matter. They’ll still remember you as the person who was able to help them, and they’ll be more willing to help you when you need it.