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Connections are really a large part of this world. One thing I can tell you is to meet people. Go with a bunch of friends and join an organization or go to events. Talk to people. Make a stranger not a stranger. You never know who you will meet.
One source of these groups to find is actually on a website called meetup.com. I don't know your generation or if your area has a well developed group system. This website is generally made for people in their 20's and up.