Today's blogtemplation is an extension of the value of that networking metaphor about how a barell of monkeys is the ideal of what networking is. There are several other similar metaphors and phrases about how a rising tide raises all boats, and famous quotes of that nature. I find however that this concept is a rare quality. I can't say if it is dying in our culture or if it is a lost artform, or just an underdeveloped trait in an economy still trying to come back from unemployment, who knows. I have been lucky to experience the application of this concept how ever it has come into existance and the human conscious.
I would like to say thank you to those of you that demonstrate this application well in your lives and can continue to teach it to others.
I believe in the most positive of this example is when co-workers tell you that they are "looking out for you", and there is a certain comfort in knowing you're somehow part of a connection of people who see the value in what you bring to their team or their life in some way, maybe it's purely career driven, maybe it's personal, however it happens, I think there is an intrinsic value in helping others around you to be successful.
If you should find someone in your life who believes in this concept, I highly recommend you retain them as a friend and reinforce that belief in the value of how monkeys in a barrel works.
There also seems to be similar value in the "Pay It Forward" concept, the "Leave it better than you found it", and if I had a link to a website with more famous quotes to that understanding, I would leverage that into this blog as well.
So to all those metaphors that rely on toys from our childhood to evolve our state of thinking and progress the virtue of society into the kind of people that support an honest day's work, see the working quality in their co-workers, embrace the value of people to put their best effort forward, and continue to spread networking concepts through old toys, I say continue on and thank you future thinking toy designers. While the best metaphors rely on the simplest of toys, I think it has been a very worth while endeavor. If you have any networking metaphors you have enjoyed or benefitted from, please share it. If you know a metaphor or a story that you enjoy proclaiming its benefit from time to time, please share that as well. I look forward to all your comments, suggestions and metaphors you enjoy to prosper and push our human capacity to grow into more than we are today.