The purpose of a good network is the source for many things, such as career management, a resource for information and valuable friendships. Here are some examples of what my networks have done for me:
- Prior work experiences:
- Taught me to not be too eager for the next opportunity because the current one may be better than you realize. (previous boss, Hallmark Cards)
- Connected me to C-level executives; provided sound career advice; entertained me with business semantics; became a true and trusted lifelong friend. (Gregg – you’re one of a kind!)
- Showed me how to live with a “glass is half full” mentality and to embrace spontaneity (my guardian angel)
- Advised me not take on too much and to focus on the real joys in life (ex-boyfriend)
- Taught me how to be a better listener (dear Chicagoan friend)
- Helped me stay mentally focused in a competitive environment (tennis coach)
- Showed me that giving provides more personal satisfaction than taking (parents)
It’s hard to reflect on all the wonderful people in my network without being saddened by the physical distance I am from all of them. This particular transition has been hard. I’m following an uncertain path, trying to determine what the next move will be, without an idea where I will find the answer. Is there a future for me in Ireland, somewhere else in Europe, in Australia or in the US? Will I go into the wine business, stay in healthcare, pursue pension consulting, focus more on finance or go into sales?
The answer is and continues to be…I don’t know. But that is where I value you, my network, because I can trust you to help me with this question. I gratefully welcome your sugygestions, contacts and antidotes on this subject because I know it will spark a new interest I haven’t explored
You meet people who forget you. You forget people you meet. But sometimes you meet those people you can’t forget. Those are your friends.