The art of networking lies in the principles of giving and taking. The professional contacts you make are there to help you, and, quite likely, they could also use your help. Think of your network as a resource. The more people of high quality that you are connected with, the more valuable this social resource is. However, in order to tap into this gold mine, you need to earn it. That’s where your generosity comes in. So, stop thinking of networking as a game of giving and taking. Just give. Do favors for others with humility, and don’t ask for anything in return. Before long, you will find that people will unexpectedly return the favor. Not to mention, your network will likely be there to help you out should you find yourself in some sort of business calamity. Good things come to those who deserve it, so forget about taking and be a giver!