6 Degrees of Separation: Thriving Through People

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6 Degrees of Separation is a theory stating that anyone can connect to anyone else in the world through no more than 6 intermediaries. Applying this theory to your life (whether the theory is true or not) can help you succeed in all areas of life. As the saying goes, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”.


Finding A Job Through Who You Know

Statistics show that 90% of getting a job comes from a friend of a friend, but not the initial friend. In other words, you are more likely to get a job from a friend of a friend, than you are any other way! Keeping this in mind can help you find your dream career whatever it may be.

When you know the field of work you are passionate about and want to pursue, you should start spreading the word even if you’re working somewhere else, start to tell everyone about the job you are passionate about because your family, friends, or acquaintances just may know someone that is able to get you that cushy job you’ve always wanted.

This can be very useful, as it can save you a lot of time and energy going through interview after interview trying to get your dream job, it can even help you surpass lower-paying positions in the company so that you have a high-paying position.


The Theory Used For Networking In Business

If you’re a businessman, you’re probably not looking for a job, but for people to do business with whether it’d be investors, future partners, or just people with good business sense, the theory can help you tremendously in the business field. As a businessman, one of the best things you can learn is to become an expert at networking, the more people you know, the further your business will go.

To use the theory, 6 degrees of separation in business, make it known that you’re a businessman to everyone you meet, you don’t have to brag about it, but businessmen usually love to talk about business, and when this relationship starts with someone, it can lead to future partnerships and investment opportunities. Even if you don’t own a business, but you’re looking to get into the field, you have to be bold enough to talk to other business owners and potential entrepreneurs so that they will consider you for future endeavors. These guys may not consider you as a future partner, but they may bring your name up when talking to their connections which can lead to more opportunities. With a theory like the 6 degrees of separation in your mind, you will be able to weave through people to get to that one key person that may turn your business into the next big thing.

In the business world, you have to get out of your comfort zone, be bold and confident enough to talk to people about the types of businesses you want to pursue, you kind of have to be like a walking advertisement and this will get into peoples’ heads so that when they meet someone else with similar interests, they will bring your name up. This is how new partnerships can form.


Making Friends Through Friends

Make it a goal to become friends with every person your friends introduce you to. Why, because the more people you help succeed in life, the more you will succeed in life. One of the main things to do when meeting new people is to remember their name and use it in a sentence. When meeting people through friends, your friend will often introduce you two to each other by telling you each others’ names, once you’ve got that name, remember it. Start using the persons name that day, it builds comfort and rapport with the person and soon you will become as good of a friend with the person as your friend is. The 6 degrees of separation can be most easily applied to making the right types of friends.

Some of the best friendships occur through the people you know, but don’t let that slip away by keeping to yourself when introduced to new people, you have to learn to talk to every person you’re introduced to, this will not only make you a much more confident person, but also a more charismatic person. When a lot of people start to know you, other people will start to hear about you and want to get to know you. Once this happens, making new “buddies” or “amigos” becomes easy.


Getting Set Up With Your Dream Lover

Believe it or not, it happens more often than you think, many long-lasting relationships, even marriages occur through the people they know. Most people don’t like to let there friends or acquaintances know when they’re looking for that special someone, but if you keep it to yourself, you could be doing more harm than good. Letting people know you’re available could lead to the right person that may introduce you to your dream partner.

The next time you’re around your friends, family, or acquaintances, let them know you’re in the dating scene and in a subtle way see if they know anyone that may be right for you. This may be tricky to do because if you’re like most people, you don’t want to look desperate but if you indirectly mention that you’ve been going on different dates for a while, or don’t like to be single, they will remember it the next time they meet someone that could be the right person for you.

That being said, make sure you let the right people know that you’re in search for love, because people tend to hang around people they’re like and if you let someone that you don’t quite get along with, set you up, it may not be the best matchmaking situation.

Also, if you see a friend of a friend that could be a potential lover, don’t be afraid to ask your friend/acquaintance about that person. Many people miss out opportunities this way and go home regretting it. The next time you see someone you’re attracted too that knows your friend, make sure you talk to your friend to find out more about that person. This way your friend will take it into consideration the next time the two of you are present. You never know, love may be a couple of people away. This is the power of the 6 degrees of separation.

The 6 degrees of separation is a great theory which can teach us that success in almost any area of life is just a friend away. Whether the theory is true or not doesn’t matter because what the theory represents is a lot more powerful. So remember to get out there, let your voice be heard, and you will become a more successful individual in all areas of life.