NEW YORK (MainStreet)Imagine starting your day with a wake-up call from Albert, your butler and personal chef. After savoring every last bite of breakfast, you ready yourself for the work commute, vesting yourself in your crispest designer attire.
Your drive to work looks to be utterly delightful: a new roadster to break in and a main road clear for miles. You just might be the luckiest person in the world...or live a life equivalent to the companies of the Fortune 500.
In business, as in life, you don't get what you deserve; only what you negotiate.
"Negotiating" needn't be something as Machiavellian as having your bud sign a promissory note the next you lend him cash; however, wouldn't it be nice to start making friends that add to your wealth and influence? If so, then it's time you started thinking and benefiting like the best in the business.
Befriend newbies at the start
To forge desirable relationships, the best thing is to get there at the beginning, when excitement is at its highest and competition its lowest; whether it be the gym's beautiful new yogi, or the green office intern with potential, once you see it, make inroads without delay--the tried and true technique of the most successful of Fortune billionaires.
Goliaths like Google and Microsoft go so far as to be primary investors in a promising start-up, according to David Ehrenberg, CEO at Early Growth Financial Services and former controller for Microsoft's acquisition department "It's all about creating new revenue streams," says Ehrenberg.
What's In It For Me: Remember Malcolm Gladwell in The Tipping Point; it's often distant acquaintances that give us a leg up in getting that new job. Inviting someone new into your circles really has no downside.