So it is with networking - for all of us! While I was working at Google I avoided actively blogging because I didn't want anyone to think that I was leveraging inside knowledge. Then I worked in Nigeria for a while, which is when I created this site, but I wasn't working at it as often as I should have been. Then I came back to the UK and the long hours of driving and working meant that I was "too tired" and "couldn't be bothered".
Even when I knew that I wanted to leave my last role (back in November last year), I didn't put the effort into networking as I used to in order to raise my profile and pro-actively find my next role.
Anyone who has read this site will know that I've made, on average, at least $100,000 per year through recommendations, referrals and people finding me on-line through my various active profiles, blogs, etc.
So I now find myself hunting for work - something I haven't had to do in years - work has always found me in the past and perhaps that confidence that it would again lulled me into a false sense of security. I can't remember the last time I left a role without something concrete in the pipeline or, at the very least, a big enough opportunity pipeline that I could be confident of landing something within a few days - a week or two maximum.
And that is what has prompted me to share my failure with you here - I let myself down! Badly! I knew what I needed to do, I knew how to do it, but I made excuses and now I'm in catch-up mode, with no income coming in and nothing concrete to remedy that.
Networking is just like exercise - it takes a lot of effort to get fit, but maintaining a decent level of fitness isn't that hard, as long as you commit some time on a regular basis and stay focused and consistent. But, if you stop making the effort, it takes you some time to get back up to speed.
Next time you "can't be bothered" take a moment and ask yourself if that laziness is a luxury you can afford . . .