Diversity creates opportunities and options
One of the greatest benefits of connecting with people in life can be the diversity of these connections.
There are many reasons that diversity can be beneficial to our lives.
Here are a few that I can think of quickly:
Diversity of our connections is what helps us to find new solutions to tasks, a new job, new business possibilities and new friends.
Diversity of our connections can help us find new products, resources, business tools and even employees.
Diversity of our connections can be a source of new conversations, music, books or movie ideas, vacation possibilities and even ideas for a different car, pet, hair style or home decorations.
Diversity can be fuel for a better life, career, business or community activities.
I could go on and on regarding the value of having diversity in our connections, both in real life as well as on social media.
However, if we are not careful we could throttle or limit this diversity. When we limit our connections to specific groups of people, we create barriers to the possibilities that diversity can create.
In early 2013 I talked with a young professional who told me this, “I will not connect with anyone on LinkedIn who is not a customer or potential customer. I don’t want to connect with people who can not become a client of mine.” I quietly wept when I heard this.
We have no idea how the diverse people in our lives can help us in our career, business or community. Limiting our connections limits the possibilities.
Another aspect of the diversity of our connections is that often we have no idea or control over how diverse the connections can become. Again, I feel that if we try to guide the diversity of our connections we will limit the benefits that a truly diverse circle of connections can provide us.
Regularly I get introduced to a new connection in a different industry, state or city by an existing connection that I had no idea could make this particular connection for me.
This is the power of diversity of our connections IRL as well as on social media.
Welcome Diversity in life and your connections.