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Is networking the new arranged marriage?

If you have been following along the Sexy Brilliant journey, you may have heard me mention that I am divorced but what many of you may not know is that my husband was chosen for me - yes, you heard right - I was in a traditional marriage!

Arranged marriages are fairly common in India. In fact, my parents' 35-year long relationship is the result of an arranged marriage. The families met through common friends and decided to turn the meeting into a matrimonial alliance. My parents got engaged right after the first meeting and the second time they met was at their wedding ceremony!

As strange as it might sound, in my mind, I see arranged marriages as being similar to networking events.

Back when my parents met and married most relationships were the result of two families coming together for the mutual benefit of all parties. This is pretty similar to how in networking people and organizations join together to further the interests, and needs of everyone involved.

Recently, I was the guest on a TV show called 'Your Brilliance', with Amy Waterman, who I met through another podcast that I did with Terah Harrison. When Amy and I finished our podcast, she asked me if I knew other women who might be interested in appearing as a guest on her podcast. I was thrilled that she enjoyed our experience so much and trusted my judgment, that she asked me to recommend other women to her. I excitedly began to introduce Amy to people in my network!

In fact, networking is so powerful that even Kim Kardashian recently said that she the reason she had an opportunity to speak at the White House because of her connections with Ivanka Trump.*

It was only through letting go, taking the time to really learn about myself, and practicing radical self-acceptance, for me to fully accept that connecting people together comes naturally to me. I now embrace my role as a matchmaker and I love doing it. I even consider it to be one of my gifts.

Networking, just like marrying someone you do not know can be intimidating, even scary! The people who set us up think the meeting will be mutually beneficial for both parties just like what happens in arranged marriages. The matches might not always work out but It is important that we put our best selves forward as there is always an important lesson attached to every connection.

I encourage you all to take a little time every day even if it is only for a few minutes to connect with your true self, learn your unique gifts, and connect with others who can appreciate and benefit from them. Share your gifts with the world!

I would love to hear from each and every one of you! Please reach out to me on social media - LinkedIn users you can find me here:

Let’s network! Tweet to me or send me a message on Instagram by using #SexyBrilliant !

Remember networking is a key to success!

Much love always, Devina Kaur™ 💕🙏💕

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