Theorists say that what you know is important 12% of the time, and who you know is important 88% of the time. They also say that you are no more than six people removed from the person you want to meet.

These statistics certainly show the importance of networking. Why, then, is education important? The paradox of these statistics is that who you know is often a direct result of what you know.

Think of who you know. How did you meet? What circumstances led to your connections? For many of us, the answers are related to school and work—our...

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