Mom loved onion rings. So at a restaurant with some friends, she is given the whole order of onion rings. She had a saying, "Make friends before you need them." I objected to this thinking it meant you were just making friends so they'd be there IF and WHEN you might need them.
But she explained that when you are friendly all the time to everyone you meet sometimes you are that "friend" they need. Making friends in life lets us into the personal details of people so that when they do have a problem or a crisis we are more confident to step up and offer help.
We were always amazed at the people who showed up to help our family when we needed it. Most often it was those who were least likely, sometimes disables, and many times with the fewest resources of time and money! There is another saying, "A friend in need, is a friend indeed."
This can be applied to business too. It happens to a degree in networking when we pass off referrals to others and they in turn do the same when we are in need of good prospects. How many times when someone says to us, "You should go see so-and-so at this place or that..." And when we do, we find that having that introduction makes all the difference. In business we call that a 'warm lead' versus a 'cold one'. What our friend that recommend us has in common with the referral is usually the basis for beginning a good relationship.
So we hope we are making friends with you, if you are reading this and agreeing with this statement with examples of your own, either in your personal life, or that of your career or business. " Make friends before you need them?.... or just Make Friends... period!"