Is Networking Bad For Your Career?
I once read somewhere that we are half way between how other’s see us, and how we see ourselves. I often wonder if this is true. There are times when I think other’s people’s observations are not true and sometimes they floor me in accuracy.
One thing that is true is that I am generally well-connected. Sorry if that does not sound modest. I know many wonderful and interesting people who are at the top of their industry. What is up for debate is whether or not this helps my career. Generally I think it does but not as much as people think.
When a friend stated that they didn’t think networking helped I thought they were mad, then I thought about all the time I spent at parties or networking events. When it comes to my online magazine, Frost, networking has paid off. I have had advice and people have given me interviews.
I love people and am very social. I also don’t tend to ask people for favors but my friends have improved my life in so many ways.
The truth is I look at all of the hours I put into networking and I don’t think it was worth it. Most of the people I know I met through my friends. All of those industry events and parties I went to don’t seem to have reaped any benefits. I would have been better off putting the energy and time into making films, pitching editors or working on my magazine.
What do you think?