One of the benefits of working for myself has been realizing that I no longer have to socialize with people because they’re good for business. I love being able to spend a whole afternoon catching up with someone I haven’t seen for years without positioning myself to “make the ask” or hit all the intelligence gathering marks I’ve strategically selected. I’ve also stopped wondering if they’re there because they think I can bring business their way. I love being back to basics; networking and visiting feel integrated and genuine. And sometimes there are natural, unforced connections that get made. I feel more open to pure serendipity and it seems to happen more often because I’ve allowed time for it. I’m surprised by the names that float into my mind unbidden. People I’ve had dealings with in prior work settings, old friends I’ve allowed myself to drift away from, now seem important to contact and connect with in new ways. Sometimes the “why’s” become clear immediately, sometimes the outreach feels good, but the connect is tenuous. In the end, they’re all sources for reflection. if you’ve been part of this exploration, thanks! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I have.
I’m learning this is what it feels like when I’m on the right path!