Manipulation is when you take advantage of others through the use of dishonest tactics or insincere practices.
Its distinctive feature has nothing to do with the desire to gain something of value from others.
We SHOULD approach every situation with the intent to gain something of value. That is simply a part of what it means to live one’s life to the fullest.
Everyone has needs, and relationships are one of the primary places where those needs are fulfilled.
Networking is when you form relationships for the purpose of creating value for all parties involved. It is the channeling of self-interest, self-authenticity, and self-expression towards the advancement of the individual and the collective.
Networking allows us to meet our needs through others without subtracting from their sense of well-being.
You don’t have to manipulate anyone in order to network effectively.
If you want something, be tactful, honest, and respectful as you make your needs known. And always seek to impart something of value before and after you take something of value.
When you go after the things you need by creating win-win scenarios for you and the people you interact with, you get to experience the kind of success that makes it easy to sleep and exciting to wake up.
Not only is that an entirely different process from manipulation, but, unlike manipulation, it consistently works and it wins lots of friends.
That’s T.K.’s Two Cents.