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Escaping the networking rut. - Fortune

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This articles brings light to the fact that many people get stuck in relationship building 'ruts' where they networking with lots of people in one cluster instead of expanding their comfort zone and meeting people from different backgrounds. 

Well said:

People also tend to cluster with others "like us," those who are of a similar gender, race, culture, and age. Yet it's precisely the tension in these differences that can surface novel ideas and convince us to change our thinking.

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