Today information flows at the speed of light through the internet, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google and sundry other mediums to allow for the sharing of relevant information that just a few short years ago was not available. With these resources readily available and at our fingertips, each of us has the unique opportunity to connect with others from varying fields and specialties.

To grow on a personal level as well as in your business career, it is vital that you chart your course and remove as many obstacles as possible before even sailing from the harbor of average. The old adage of “Birds of a feather flock together” is so true.

Six degrees of separation is the theory that everyone and everything is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of “a friend of a friend” statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps

If you accept as true the Six degree theory, then why not make 2015 the year of connecting? Which begs the question; who are your current connections? Are your connections quality type of connections, or simply carry overs from a past that may in fact be a detriment to your future? As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said “Every man I meet is my superior in some way, in that I learn of him”.

Two fundamental question must be asked when assessing your circle of connections;
1. Are some of your connections a drag on your personal and business growth? If so, why continue the relationship? People of low character, jealousy, gossip, under achievers, and polarizing individuals will never contribute anything positive to your path to greatness. While it may hurt a wee bit, it is best to use the Band-Aid approach and simply pull them off. Another analogy would be that of having a blood engorged tick hanging on you. (sorry for visual) The quicker you remove them, the better off you will be.

2. How can we be of service to you? There is a major difference between asking the question as lip service and asking from the deepest recesses of your inner being. Insincerity is a thinly veiled disguise that is as transparent as a Miley Cyrus stage costume.

So make 2015 the year of the Connector by reaching out to others who are of high caliber and in short order the chain effect will begin and the end result of being surrounded by like-minded individuals will do nothing but move you forward.