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Book Review: Harvey Mackay’s Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty

I finally read Harvey Mackay’s Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty, after hearing it mentioned multiple times as the networking bible.  I can see why people feel this way — originally published in 1997, much of its advice is timeless.  It is a good, speedy review of good networking ideas and practices.  I especially liked the chapter where Mackay emphasized that personal and professional networks are separate.  He did say you might have overlap but you can’t assume that.  It was nice to see him set some boundaries, given how aggressive some of the other advice was.

In fact, the constant networking push might be too much for some (if not many) readers.  But this is a networking book so his all-networking-all-the-time approach is not unexpected.  He encourages readers out of their comfort zone — to try email if you’re a live networker, to approach different ages/ races/ backgrounds — and this is a good example of how Mackay pushes.

All in all, it’s a great review of networking concepts.  There isn’t much new here, though it was perhaps new at the time, and it makes a good refresher or reference text for those who are committed to making networking an integral part of your life.

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