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Building Your Social Capital For Today And Tomorrow

In our earthly life there is something " Social Capital" . This refers to the people you know, the people who know you and how th...

In our earthly life there is something "Social Capital". This refers to the people you know, the people who know you and how they know you.

Tapiwa Zuze

Most unfortunately, the majority of people think or behave like social capital is only needed on weddings and funerals. That is why you see someone will not have contacted you in ten years but out of the blue they are sending you a message, "Hello Emily, long time. Next weekend is my wedding day. I need your support girl". 

Social capital is not built overnight. It is reciprocal and does not require money to build. It just needs you to be sensitive that people have emotions, and that you can't just sneak into their lives only when you need their assistance.

Social capital is hugely vital for our today and tomorrow. If we build and use it correctly, it can make a very big difference to one's quality of life. Social capital can save you money, make you more money, get you a better job, make things easier and safer, save you from prison, or save your life. It can save you time and effort, and make life more enjoyable and productive.

As we progress through the year, let's learn to connect with people in our circles. Check on people, send someone a birthday message, check their timelines and comment something positive and inspirational. Pick your phone and call someone, or text them. It could be your relative, your colleague, your former schoolmate, a former or current boss, your Chief Executive Officer, and your parents.

Creating a connection with people is important for building your social capital. Even if they don't respond, at least keep in touch and don't just reach out when you are in need of their support or presence.

Most importantly, respect everyone no matter their status in life. Be there when others need you. Be a solution, an encouragement and inspiration. Avoid being a leech, a user or nagger. Just be a nice person who has calculated ways and stays in touch with people and brings joy, encouragement and hope.

The most important asset you have in life is your network.

Your network is  your networth.

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