We live in an AMAZING TIMES!!! Technology has provided more choices and opportunities for people. It allows people to connect easily – but with all these digital networking tools- people are often more disconnected and lonely than ever before.
But just because we have digital “likes, links, shares, and follows” – it does not change the need to cultivate community. Nor does it replace the positive impact from having friendships and family relationships that all humans are wired to experience.
All the studies are showing that human connections lead to longer more and satisfying lives. We need to be connected and have a sense of belonging. Feeling disconnected sucks and hurts our mental health.
There is a new book called “The Good Life” by Dr Robert Waldinger and Dr Marc Shultz (from the Harvard Study for Adult Development) that has captivated me. This is a “must read” for everyone. It shows that your relationships impact happiness over the long run. As people live longer – we should focus on how to have more connection and satisfaction.
As the CEO of a technology trade association and as a professional speaker who has presented for 15 years about how and why to build “Uncommon Connections” and a “Stronger Inner Circle” – I encourage people to get engaged in their industry and community.
Joining an industry association and supporting your community can provide numerous benefits, including:
1. Networking Opportunities: Industry associations provide a platform for professionals to connect and network with others in their field, enabling them to build relationships and make valuable connections.
2. Professional Development: Industry associations often offer educational and training opportunities, as well as access to resources and information that can help professionals stay current and improve their skills.
3. Advocacy and Representation: Industry associations often advocate on behalf of their members and the industry as a whole, ensuring that the interests and concerns of the industry are represented in government and other decision-making forums.
4. Access to Resources and Information: Industry associations often provide access to research, data, and other resources that can help professionals make informed decisions and stay up-to-date on industry trends and developments.
Joining an industry association is not the only way to make connections and to support your community, but it is the fastest way for most people to get involved and meet people.
Are you involved in activities that help you cultivate long-term and mutually beneficial relationships? Do you support groups in your community and participate with others in your industry?
You need people- but more importantly… other people need you!!!