True friendship is messy. We live in a world that does not truly value friendship. We value networking, because it looks like friendship, all the while you don't really have to make the commitment of true friendship. Networking is easy. Friendship is hard. Friendship means we'll stay around even when that person is a jerk. Networking is I'll stay as long as their is a positive return on my investment. My challenge for all of us in 2017, is to invest in friendships rather than trying to network more. Having an authentic friendship has eternal payoffs.