When the people you are connected to become better connected, it reduces the number of hops you have to take from person to person to reach everyone else in the network. You become more central.
Did you ever wonder how is it possible for some entrepreneurs to start a company, raise money asap and have huge exits within a few years or even months? First of all, this is a rare case. It shouldn’t be your benchmark. Let’s move on to see why this is doable for some and let’s be straight up front: it’s not about deep knowledge, inspiring leadership & perfect execution skills. You can find thousands of people with all or some of these traits. Perhaps you can find the sharpest operators in Germany or Japan, the most inspiring leaders in the world of sports and many academics with deep knowledge, teaching in universities all around the world.