One year ago, I was just graduating college. I had only really been networking for a few months, so it was still very new to me.
Every day, I’d meet someone new, who would introduce me to someone else, and so on… Before I knew it, I had a healthy sized network of trusted professionals that I could turn to. Many of them have became close friends over time. Others not so much.
The problem is that all connections, even those connections that you have become so close with, can fall out of touch over time. There are a number of reasons for this happening…
- We all have jobs to do which means less time to “catch up”.
- As our networks grow, we can’t commit as much time to keeping up with current connections.
- The worst reason but one that needs to be addressed: You just don’t need those people as much as you used to.
- Sometimes you just go different ways. It happens with friends too.
It happens, but I don’t like it. I feel terrible some days when I see someone cross my twitter feed and realize how long it’s been since I’ve spoken to them.
I understand that it happens…but I also feel like I can do more to enhance my current connections, instead of focusing only on expanding my network.
Have you faced this dilemna? Please, share your thoughts in a comment.
You can also join us for a full discussion on this topic at the #u30pro chat on Thursday (May 27th) at 8pm est on twitter.