There are seven threads and themes that I continue to obsess with and embrace:
Yes, before no. It's way too easy to be default-pessimistic.
“I want to stay as close on the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.” — Kurt Vonnegut
Add as much value as you can prior to making an “ask.” Play the long game.
“Engineering serendipity is this idea that we can help people come across unexpected but helpful connections at a better than random rate.” — Ethan Zuckerman, MIT Professor
A major motivator for building this Notion is to start sharing my thoughts (and learnings) more publicly.
Always follow-up. Do what you say you will.
There is nothing better than connecting people who you know will become good friends or colleagues.