Writing this post because couple of thoughts in my mind with people sayings.I will share my own opinion because i own my business( a small one but something i really have).At some time i thought skill is very very important when i only got skill with no public dealing and connections and obviously when no one knows you you can’t show your skills but from time to time when i jumped in business world i learned that connection is also very important for example a ignorant person will do something bigger than a skilled person if he/she have more than one connection from both side buyer,seller or engineer and investor in case of some project.
The question skill vs connections originally raised on quora let’s see which is important.
The old saying that “it’s not what you know but who you know” is so entrenched that we don’t question the premise. Undoubtedly, who you know has been important throughout history,
For most of history, knowing the right people was crucial if you wanted cash and cache.
In a Harvard Business Review article entitled “How to Build Your Network,” Brian Uzzi and Shannon Dunlap contend: “Networks determine which ideas become breakthroughs, which new drugs are prescribed, which farmers cultivate pest-resistant crops and which R&D engineers make the most high-impact discoveries.” They cite the 1998 work of University of Pennsylvania sociologist Randall Collins, who showed that breakthroughs from icons such as Freud, Picasso, Watson, Crick and Pythagoras were the consequence of a particular type of personal network that prompted exceptional individual creativity.
But with tools such as LinkedIn and Facebook, the ability to network is becoming more democratized. If before it was difficult to ferret out the perfect contact, today finding a right geek in USA or the genetic researcher in Pakistan is as easy as a Google search. And social media has made it even easier to connect with that person. As for capital, today it is relatively plentiful and accessible, and it is easier than ever to get access to people who have it (accessing capital can be as easy as sending an email).
Information, too, has been democratized. It used to be that if you wanted to get access to cutting-edge ideas in technology, you needed an invitation to an exclusive conference like TED(TED is a global set of conferences run by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, under the slogan “Ideas Worth Spreading”.), or to attend a university like MIT. Today, TED lectures and MIT courses are offered for free online. The only barrier to most of the world’s best information is knowing English. Because it is so accessible, public information offers a less competitive advantage than it did previously.
Given our hyper-connected world, could it be that who you know, while still important, matters a little less than it did in the past.
Kurt Vonnegut said in Breakfast for Champions, “New knowledge is the most valuable commodity on Earth. The more truth we have to work with, the richer we become.”
In today’s world, if you know something really compelling, you will be sought out — and sought out directly. I will follow the World Wide Web equivalent of the Yellow Brick Road to come to you. In the past, the people with connections were gatekeepers who controlled access to the elite circle and got paid handsomely for it. Today, people who invent interesting things (the true What-You-Know people) will reap many more rewards than the brokers who make introductions.
Even professions such as banking and law are becoming more specialized. The lawyer who understands the intricate tax implications of U.S.-Brazil joint ventures is now much more valuable than the generalist lawyer who introduces you to that person.
I’m not saying your network isn’t important – it will just be less important than it has been in the past. Even the Wizard of Oz was looking to network: just before he leaves the Emerald City he tells Dorothy that he is off “to confer, converse and otherwise hobnob with my brother wizards.”
In the new world of abundant capital, easy access to information and people with knowledge, it’s what you know rather than who you know.
Conclusion is that both are very important if you want to live a successful life and wanted things can be done in good manners.You can do you some search on WWW to find right people of your choice these days it is much more easier than history we have professional network like linkedin and also social networks like facebook,twitter,behance & many more.