Make New Friends But Keep The Old
Stay in contact with the network you have already cultivated. Even if like me, your aspiration is to create something entirely unrelated in your career as you move forward, don’t forget about those folks. In this interconnected world you just never know how one person leads to another. Just remember, the onus is on you, the one who left to keep those relationships alive.
But make new friends. Widen your circle. Get out there and mingle in person. If you feel naked without a business card in hand, order some inexpensive ones on line from sites like Vista Print.
I am a big believer in social networks, but nothing will ever replace good old fashioned in person conversation to really forge a new connection.