I’m a connector. I love connecting people, creating opportunities, making the world a little smaller by having everyone I know, know each other. Jobs, resources, mentors, even caregivers, and restaurants; I take great pride in connecting you to my network.
Recently a friend and I were discussing all of the random ‘connections’ that she was experiencing. She met a person and wasn’t sure why, a business connection and wasn’t sure how it would play out, exploring a new city and wasn’t sure why she was so drawn to it. As she talked, I pictured the child’s game of Dots.
You connect two dots for a line, but that has no meaning; another line with two more dots. Your opponent is also making connections, but the goal is to create a box and claim that box with your initial. I realized that is the ‘game’ of my life. When I can make those connections and bring closure to the box, I feel a great sense of accomplishment.
At the time, individual lines may seem disconnected: why did I meet this person, why did I have this conversation. But more often than not, the connection makes sense over time. It takes awareness to see the connections: to realize the friend who told me she was hiring and another looking for a job; a young professional moving to a new city and an ‘insiders’ website for sublets; a medical diagnosis and resources who can offer guidance and support.
It seems the ultimate gift to share what you know, who you know, so others can benefit. I challenge you to be a connector and reap the rewards sharing your resources purely for the benefit of others.