Smart, genius, funny, sarcastic, witty, opinionated, honest, talkative, yet reserved, open, human, educated, rich, poor… and I now have your attention. I met The One.

If you’re one of my readers who wishes the best for me, I know that you’re excited for me and this is the point where you’re saying, please tell me more. If you’re one of the people who knows me on a personal level, this is the point where you say, “Hmmm, Chadia got a man? I need to find out where he was manufactured, because he cannot possibly be human”.

Some of you are already upset at this point because you’ve concluded that this article is a waste of your time and an insult to your professionalism. What on earth does this have to do with networking? Still, you ask the question “How is it that “the one” is both rich and poor?”. It’s an impossibility,” you say, and you would be accurate in your assessment if I were actually speaking about having met the man that I spend the remainder of my natural life with.

Many of us (particularly those of us who hold Western ideals and place value on the institution of marriage) place tons of energy on finding or being found by our life mate often neglecting  taking the time to value and appreciate the other “ones”. We go through life without understanding that there are other “ones” to be found or to be found by.

What about the one whose grand daughter is a high ranking executive at the company that you’ve been dying to sign on to your clientele list? What about the one who will incite within you the desire to make the world a better place? What about the one whose lack of integrity taught you better than any law school the loopholes found in contracts? What about the one whose life you impacted? What about “the one” who will bring to you the “cash cow” idea that will change your life? What about “the one…?

I could go on and on but I think that at this point an adequate picture has been painted. Take a minute and ask yourself if you really appreciate the opportunities that have come your way to meet the one. Ask yourself how many times you’ve trampled on, and ignored the one.

I know that where I am concerned that the response was unfavorable one time too many and it is a pity that I only grasped an intrinsic understanding of the power of networking after I realized that I was on the losing end for not having done it well.

“…networking is an immensely humble and indiscriminate process”

This morning after concluding a 2 hr conversation with a friend concerning a business opportunity, I lamented that I no longer had contact with the one who could have helped me make this particular business opportunity profitable.

It dawned on me that if I had treated this individual with the importance and reverence that I reserved for “the one”, that my lamentation would be non-existent. This morning, I concluded that I had met and will meet the one many times over, and “the one” is you.

I say all this to say that networking is an immensely humble and indiscriminate process and that it’s power is that it presents itself in both the best and worst of situations. Before this morning, I was taught that networking was about sifting. I was taught to pick and choose, and to inadvertently esteem myself higher than some. I was taught that some are of value and others aren’t.

I’ve come to the conclusion that what I was taught was wrong.

I don’t know if it’s true when this philosophy is applied to love, but when it comes to business the one has no height requirement, the one falls into no particular age bracket, the one can come from any race, and any social or economic background. The One is any human being.