I network and speak on networking often. I included a truism that somebody sent me years ago in a recent blog I wrote on The Currencies of Networking. It was that “The Opposite of Networking is Not Working.” My thanks to the person who sent me that a few years ago.
I think it created a light bulb moment for a few people who seemed to enjoy its simplicity and its truth.
Yes the Opposite of Networking is Not Working. If you don’t network your career as well as your life is not aligned.
You see people don’t network just to find gigs or jobs but to be engaged with people to connect with life. I have always preached that networking is about an Attitude of Engagement versus going to events. The more you connect with life the more fulfilled your life will be.
I tend to live in a number of worlds often engaging with people who work and those who are looking for work and others that work for themselves. I meet with many people who have been employed for a long time. They don’t network. They certainly aren’t ready to be fired and would be lost if they were. More importantly I believe if they don’t network they aren’t very well resourced in a world that changes at uber speed.
Not networking during your career is akin to not working out in life. You quickly get out of shape. You risk losing your edge.
Most people that don’t network tell me that they don’t have the time. What they don’t realize is that they will not know what to do with all the time they will have on their hands the first Monday morning should they ever lose their jobs.
What they also don’t understand is that their investment in networking will result in them being better resourced and quicker to solve problems and that will save them very valuable time on the job. The quicker you solve your projects the more you will be acknowledged in your organization.
I guess in the end people who want to succeed will recognize that networking and working are one and the same.
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