Are You Finding Success by Finding the Successful
I used to play a game called Star Fleet Battles. I would travel to tournaments where the goal was to win the coveted title of "Rated Ace." Only one player per event earned a Rated Ace Card, except for at the national convention where a small handful could earn the title.
There was a saying in the Star Fleet Battle circles: "Aces breed aces." This meant that new rated aces tended to come from groups that already had a couple of rated aces. They brought the level of play up so that relative new-comers in their circles would rapidly come up to speed and surpass the ability of those who played in groups without Rated Aces.
Are you spending time with Rated Aces? If you want to increase your networking skills, you need to spend time with those whose abilities surpass your own. If you want to build your business, you need to spend time with people who are working to build their businesses. And if you want to grow in all areas of your life, you need to spend time with other people who are learning and growing.
Oh, what's that? Do I have a Rated Ace card? I have two. And the last time I checked, I was still the only woman in the history of the game to have ever won one card, much less two.
P.S. If any hardcore SFB'ers see this post, yes, I realize they are not playing SFB in the picture!