The Magic Of Weak Ties: Why you must go outside your pond.
One of the many believes as we grow up and belong to organizations is that the strength we have belonging to groups, and cliques can help us be more especially those that think like us
However, a research says we might actually need more of weak ties to make that leap from point A to Point B. In the words of Charles Duhigg in his masterpiece “Power of Habits” he cites several instances where the power of weak ties spoke more compared to familiar strong ties. One memorable instance was the Bus Boycott led by Rosa Parks in the united states of America.
Findings were clear that though Rosa Parks was in the A-league among her community influencers the driving force and momentum to start the bus boycott movement move was the combination of the weak and strong ties which wasn’t her network.Mainly the weak ties did the Magic. When strong ties of friendship and weak ties of peer pressure meet, they create amazing momentum which normally leads to Amaze- ball social change.
“ Sometimes our weak-tie acquaintances are more influential than our close tie individuals. Without weak-ties, We will be deprived of information of the social system and be confined to the provincial news and views of only close friends… This deprivation would not only insulate them from the latest ideas and fashions but may put them in a disadvantaged position in the labor market.without weak ties, any momentum generated does not spread beyond the clique”
” Culled from The Power of Habits Charles Duhigg
weak ties for starters are relationships between members of different groups aside ours for instance. you would likely find an architect in the circle of his kind or some Engineers and would be strange finding him in the midst of fashion designers or musicians.
Come to think of it the weak ties bring in a new kind of audience, help spread our message and opportunities more to different spheres
I personally have had feedback from the effect of getting new insights from my weak ties compared to my natural pond of strong ties which led me to share this which means you must go out of your own pond and have a mixture… your pond would not give you all you ask for and that has nothing to do with they being great its a natural law.
As a tech developer it’s time to go out of your own pond and create new fraternity with guys from the other side the world is more than tech and vice versa we sure need each other.
Weak ties often give us access to the social network where we don’t think necessary otherwise we would always play the safe card in a save pond and this is time to leave the safe pond to create a massive movement which we all need.
So this is me to you Weak ties are Lit !! Let’s embrace them create mixtures and create amazing memories of a solid movement!!