No One Counts The Steps To The Grocery Store. (The Silliness Of Quality Versus Quantity Revisited)

To me, as a professional networker, the silliness of the Quality versus Quantity argument can't die soon enough! But, unfortunately, that old bromide of an argument seems as hard to get rid of as ridding the Earth of the cockroaches which have been around since before the dinosaurs faced extinction.

But, whether or not the argument dies, there is a persistent group of "network SIZE monitors" (NSM), who just seem hell-bent on watching the size of networks which they themselves don't have to manage.

Why they choose to invest their time monitoring other people's networks is food for another discussion but, briefly, these network SIZE monitors spend THEIR time monitoring the size of your network seemingly for no other reason than to condemn your network once it reaches a certain size. (Never mind that you may be making effective use of your networks for the purposes for which you built it.)

Some seem to think that if they can get their condemnation of the size of YOUR network out quickly enough, it will somehow help THEM establish themselves as a better, more accountable, more professional, more successful networker.

I think that attitude and presumption is sheer silliness - and speaking of managing things - a mismanagement of their own professional time.

For their own productivity, I recommend that NSM's reduce the size of the number of things they worry about which is not theirs to worry about in the first place.

My questions:

  • 1. What difference does it make to YOU what size MY network is? (Focus on yours. I'll focus on mine.)
  • 2. Why use your precious time trying to figure out my relationship with my network(s) and how I manage them?
  • 3. Do you count the steps to the grocery store?
  • 4. Do you eat to eat the precise number of calories - OR - do you eat for nutrition, health, energy, and power?
  • 5. Do you focus on how many calories you allocate to loving? Or, do you focus on loving the people who mean most to you - irrespective of how many calories you burn up in the process?

Theoretically, music, art, human conversation, blogging, and even loving can be done by the numbers but, for me, I prefer a less mechanical, more human means of managing and interacting with the people in my networks, in my life - irrespective of numerical size.

What say you?

+Thanks, and Keep STRONG!!

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