How to Network — the Harvey Mackay Way

How to Network — the Harvey Mackay Way

Not only did Harvey Mackay teach millions of business people how to “swim with the sharks without being eaten alive” (See Blog:, but he is also the grandmaster of networking — Harvey understood the value and importance of a network long before LinkedIn. And he literally wrote the book on networking – “Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty”, which was first written in 1997.

One of his networking tips?

“Up the proverbial creek? If you’ve got a network, you’ve always got a paddle.”

Here are some of my favorite Networking Quotes from Harvey:

  • “As the world changes, one thing will remain constant: the relationships you develop over a lifetime.”
  • “In my entire career I have never once heard a successful person say he regretted putting time and energy into keeping his Rolodex file.”
  • “Put your memory where your mouth is. If you want to impress people with how much you care, show them how much you remember.”
  • “You don’t have to know everything, as long as you know people who know the things you don’t.”
  • “Ninety percent of the people that I share my philosophies with about organizing and using the Rolodex file will never put them into practice. They lack the necessary ingredient: discipline.”
  • “One of the greatest mistakes you can make in your career is being afraid to ask for help.”
  • “If I had to name the single characteristic shared by all truly successful people I’ve met in my life, I’d say it’s the ability to create and nurture a network of contacts.”
  • “Remember, we all start out in life with one thing in common: We all have the same amount of time. It’s just a matter of what we do with it.”
  • “… He who counts on his memory has a fool for a filling system … If something is worth remembering, write it down.”
  • “Although I have trouble envisioning exactly what my business will be like ten years from now, I know that whatever I’m doing will be based on the contacts I’ve already made and those I’m making today.”

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Tim Owen
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