To leave your job it helps to have a strong financial capacity as discussed in the last post, but what about your social capacity?
Check Your Social Network
Richard Bolles of “What Color is Your Parachute” says that you need 80 eyes and ears to find the job of your dreams.The same would seem to apply when building a business.
As I soon discovered, having good relationships with a wide variety of people was to “seeing and hearing” what possibilities abound. The majority of interesting employment are found through unofficial channels. Much of business is still based on referrals and the ability to connect with the right network.
How are you at connecting with people that are involved in areas you care about? Do you meet interesting people that broaden your horizon?
Or perhaps you might be a lone wolf like me. Sometimes I think I’ve spent too much time as an independent engineer where one’s work is judged on its merits and not on who you know or who says what. But even engineers must collaborate with accountants, controllers, salespeople, and marketers to enable a product to have an impact on the world. Like Shackleton’s incredible voyage to the Antarctica and back, you can’t survive life alone.
So how is your ecology of friends and associates? It’s one thing to hang out with your friends. It’s another to intentionally cultivate the kinds of relationships that will sustain you in all areas.
Social capital not only allows you to leave your job. It allows you to find other kinds of opportunities. So invest!
More tips to come.