I just finished Keith Ferrazzi’s excellent book, Never Eat Alone. I found out about the book from several references to it on LinkedIn’s excellent business networking site. Still, you never know what you’re going to find when you buy a book based on others’ recommendations.
Almost from the first page of the book I was hooked. I knew that Ferrazzi had a different take on things than most business success types. He knows that no one is “self-made” in the strictest sense of the word. We’re all in this together, and people who are generous to others are the most successful in their pursuits. Here are a few quotes from Ferrazzi.
- Poverty, I realized, wasn’t only a lack of financial resources; it was isolation from the kind of people that could help you make more of yourself, page 5.
- I learned that ‘real’ networking was about finding ways to make ‘other people more successful, page 9.
- “So you want the inside scoop,” I respond. “Fair enough. I’ll sum up the key to success in one word: generosity,” page 14.
- Autonomy is a life vest made out of sand, page 17.
- In other words, the currency of real networking is not greed but generosity, page 21.
- I would argue that your relationships with others are your finest, most credible expression of who you are and what you have to offer, page 22.
I think the book has indispensable information for anyone that is wanting to connect with the world around. I find it to be especially relevant in a church planting context and would immediately recommend it as a “must read” book. Ferrazzi also has a blog which is fun to read. Enjoy.