Updated: Jun 30
A little while ago I wrote a blog about the importance of networking and while I stand by my words, I also want to take some of them back. And here's why:
In today's world, you can become quite successful without leaving the house, so networking does not have to mean going out in public or sending someone an email or going out of your way to make a conversation. Networking can also means setting up a social media account and sharing your work, releasing your music and engaging with the world even if you're doing it from a distance.
Networking is not for everyone and there's a good reason for that, some people socialize over like-minded topics and activities, like drinking together, or going out to eat or talking about similar lifestyles and as they hang out together they end up working together while others are just more extroverted. Being a hardcore introvert, for me leaving the house and going to a social event without knowing the exact agenda can be really overwhelming.
Network, but network safety, say no to what feels uncomfortable for you. While it is good to get out of your comfort zone every now and then, it is also essential to remember, it is not necessary. There are many tools for us to create and to put our work out there now-a-days and there is also the option to remain absolutely anonymous while sharing your work.
Eventually, self-care, productivity and consistency are qualities that you are going to help you grow and reach the results you are looking for. Networking can be damaging in some ways because you might end up listening to a lot of voices which are not your own and walking on a path that does not align with your goals. It is okay to wait to network until you are ready for it.
The one advice I would give to my younger self is to not to sit through damaging conversations or situations. There have been many times, I have pushed past my anxiety to go out and do stuff, and while it has brought me good things, I have to admit a lot of times it did me more harm than good. It is only after many years of trial and error, I have come to appreciate my own rhythm and trusting it
The more I think about the current climate of the world, the more I realize how essential it is to honor the way we are wired naturally and it is absolutely ok to say no and sit stuff out. Ultimately, we work to bring ourselves peace, happiness and joy and everything we do should be in tandem with that!