You may be familiar with the idea that everything is connected in six or fewer steps. This is not a new idea, but it is an idea that has been debated and studied. Arguments have arisen about whether it is technically accurate. However, the concept that we live in a small world that is very connected is accurate.

Often people view six-degrees of separation with people as the ability to make a chain of friends/relatives between two people with a maximum of six steps. For instance, Bob might know Sue. Sue knows Mary. And, Mary knows Tom. Thus, Bob and Tom are connected with only a few steps.

Other types of Connections

This type of connection, however, is only one type of connection between people. Many other types of connections exist. For instance, if two women are mothers, they share the connection of motherhood. Likewise, if two people are engineers, they share the connection of their profession.

Connections between people are unlimited. In fact, people are more connected and alike than they are different. This is due, in part, to the fact that people share 99.9% of the same DNA, which accounts for similarities in physical characteristics, personalities, and behaviors.

There are countless other ways that two individuals can be connected. They may share beliefs, interests, hobbies, culture, or family traditions. Even two very different people from the opposite sides of the globe who live in completely different cultures and are in different socioeconomic classes can find something (and likely many things) in common if they take time to get to know each other.

A Challenge

If you are up for a challenge, pick someone you don’t know well. Talk to them and see how many different connections you share. By doing so, you will learn more about others, expand your connections, and possibly even learn more about who you really are!