First published on January 21.
It’s the internship season and we thought our readers will find the article useful.
It’s surprising that ‘building contacts’ is a detestable, slimy phrase for so many law students.
Actually, here’s what it means:
1. Being vulnerable enough to be the first to say Hi.
2. Listening. Really listening.
3. Being compassionate. Putting yourself in the other’s shoes.
4. Making a contribution to the other because of the possibility you see in that other. (It needn’t be serious all the time. It could be just a fun conversation/event).
As a result, you make the pie bigger.
Building contacts=building relationships.
Thinking that success comes through the insane hours of a lone genius is a very limited view of life and success.
Success comes when you deal with people. And dealing with people means building relationships.
PS: A lot of what I’ve written can be attributed to the Landmark Forum (I’ll highly recommend the Landmark Education to everyone).