Who’s heard of FOMO (fear of missing out)? For the uninitiated, it’s essentially the anxious feeling you get when you’d rather stay in and watch another episode of House of Cards instead of going out to do something social. FOMO has a more career-focused, successful cousin and he’s called FOMOONE (fear of missing out on networking events). The reason he’s more successful is because he’s well connected from all the networking events (FOMO is just a social party animal).
I used to get FOMOONE a lot when I was looking for a job (well duh, any opportunity you don’t jump on could be the one you lose out on) and today, it still creeps up behind me from time to time and whispers in my ear “Al, should you be out networking at some marketing or young business professionals event?”
If the feeling was actually a tangible creature, I’d probably whisper back “why don’t you finish my work little buddy? Hold down the fort and I’ll go out and mingle professionally!” He’d probably do a decent enough job.
But honestly, it’s always a breath of fresh air to get out and re-acquaint yourself with the professional community. It’s gotten me out of a thinking bubble several times and helps validate your hard work with others.