I used to think that networking is not important, and that to rely on others is a form of weakness. How wrong was I, so wrong. There is only so much that one can do alone. Even Superman can only be at one place, at a single time. Plus, reading various biographies of successful people has convinced me that successful people work in teams.
Networking opens up opportunities that you’ll have access to. Imagine trying to walk into a military base by yourself. You’ll probably be stopped and rejected at the gate, however if you knew someone who works there, you can probably gain access into the facility.
Think about the industry you are working in and get in touch with key people in the same industry.