As the old saying goes, in business, and in life for that matter, it’s all about who you know. No one has been able to advance in life and become successful without the help of others.

Creating a network of meaningful relationships is essential. When you create strong, deep connections with the right individuals, it enables you to have a greater impact and creates endless possibilities.

Establishing these relationships and creating a network doesn’t happen overnight. It takes doing the right things day in and day out; and most of all, it begins with you, not other people. So, here are some things you can start doing to build deep relationships and a network that will lead you to success.

Focus on a Few Key Relationships

It may seem best to cast a huge net and have as many connections as possible. But what do these connections mean if they are all shallow and rather meaningless. To grow and advance in life, you are better off focusing on a few meaningful relationships. Having a few trustful and sincere relationships will take you much further than having as many acquaintances as possible.

Don’t Be Selfish

In any meaningful relationship, your goal should be to give, not receive. The best relationships are created when each individual is focused on offering value to the other person. This creates trust between two people as it becomes clear that one person simply wants to make the other person better. You can create this value for the other person in a variety of ways, such as providing advice, helping them with a weakness, or lending an ear by being a good listener – which brings us to our next point.

Be a Good Listener

In any meaningful relationship, listening is essential. It shows the person that you genuinely care, which over time builds trust. It’s also important if you want to give the right advice or feedback.

Acknowledge Your Peers’ Accomplishments

Think about a time someone congratulated you, or even better, threw you a celebratory party of some sort. It felt great, didn’t it? Going the extra mile for someone when they accomplish something creates so much positivity on both ends. You make your friend or co-worker feel great, and you feel the same for acknowledging what they did. Small things like this go a long way in creating relationships that matter.

Treat People with Respect, No Matter What

No matter how small the interaction or how well you know someone, always treat others with respect. You never know when you might run into that person again or who that person knows; so, always being respectful leads to your having a good reputation. You can have all the skills and talent in the world, but it means nothing if you have a bad reputation. Building a good reputation takes time, and it’s essential to forging the deep and meaningful relationships you desire.