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A Strong Network Can Be Your Business's Best Safety Net When I lost my job, I felt like I lost everything. But I hadn't. Here's how I built a network that helped me rebound even stronger.

By Jordan Harbinger

This story appears in the October 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Zohar Lazar

In 2018, I had my dream gig: I hosted a podcast that reached millions of listeners and gave me access to the world's most inspiring entrepreneurs. Then my relationship with my business partners fell apart, and they emailed me to say I was fired. With that, I lost my livelihood, my calling, and my very sense of identity.

For weeks, I sat on my couch dreaming up ways to reclaim my show. But I couldn't; it was gone. Then I realized there was something I hadn't lost: my relationships! I'd met incredible people throughout my career. And as I reached out to them, they'd become the insurance policy I didn't even know I had -- an insurance policy that would save me when I needed it most.

In turn, these people made me realize the full power of relationships and the importance of cultivating them.

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