[Blog Post #18 of 21]
“Was it worth it?”
I just returned home to New Jersey after six hours in NYC. I went there to meet some real estate friends in person after building an online connection.
My wife wanted to know the ROI.
It’s a fair question given that most of us place a high premium on time and attention.
The trip into NYC required driving to the train station. Taking a train to Newark and then transferring to the PATH train to downtown. And then a 15 minute walk to O’Haras Pub.
And add 40 minutes to the trip home because I had to wait for my train.
Years ago, I wouldn’t have thought twice about an outing like this.
When I began my professional career as a lawyer, before the Internet or social media hijacked personal relationships, it was necessary to attend a lot of events.
I chaired a slew of county and state Chamber of Commerce committees. I spoke at conferences. I was involved with the bar associations and trade groups. I chaired local governmental committees. I even sat on a transition team for a Governor. And I attended countless political fundraisers.
But it worked.
I built relationships that turned into business.
However, it’s not the 1990s.
In 2017 I could have have used those valuable six hours on social media connecting to a lot of new people and strengthening existing relations.
So to answer Jody’s question “Was it worth it?”
No, it wasn’t.
But damn, I enjoyed the Guiness.