For a long time now, one’s network has always been the means by which a lot of opportunities and jobs get to them. Yet, we don’t seem to put to mind that important detail and actively work on it. Many might see it as being manipulative, but I believe there is nothing wrong with being intentional about the people you have around you. It helps ensure you have the right type of people who encourage your growth in different spheres of life.
Growing a network takes a lot of intentionality and effort. It also requires grooming even after it has been built to maintain it as it is humans who make up networks. Outline your goals and how you want to go about getting to them, build a network and you will see yourself surpassing that goal while bringing others up with yourself.