Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Bigger is not aways better

I keep hearing and reading a lot about "building a community" and having a large network. I'm all for reaching out and connecting, as a matter of fact, it has been a huge help in my job search.
But, I think the approach people are taking is wrong.

Building for building sake and connecting with anyone and everyone is impersonal and disingenuous.

I'd rather have a strong but smaller network than some huge database of people I hardly know. Why not instead of building to say you have the largest network, build quality and actually know all the people in your network.

I'm going to start filtering my networks and stop accepting invitations from those people I really don't know.I recently finished the book "Born to Run" by Christopher McDougall and found it inspirational and entertaining. I highly recommend it.

"Beyond the extreme of fatigue and distress,
we may find amounts of ease and power we never dreamed ourselves to own;
sources of strength never taxed at all
because we never push through the obstruction."
- William James

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