Google isn’t the answer to everything afterall


I am quickly looking at life through a new lens.  Not to sound like a droid, but ever since my senior year of college, I have been discovering the importance of human interaction.

When I was going through school I was very focused on being the best software developer that I could be.  I had friends and everything, so I wasn’t anti-social, just more of an introvert.    In fact, I was even President of my fraternity.  However, I did not promote those social relationships as well as I could have.  Don’t get me wrong, I was never mean or rude to people.  It was just that I didn’t realize the importance of social interaction.

For instance, often when I was invited to go out, I stayed in and pushed forward a little more on the project that I was working on.  That probably brought me from a B+ to an A-.

What I should have done was taken the B+ then gone out and had a beer with some good friends.  Now that I am 5 or 6 years older (and wiser, I’d like to think), I am realizing the importance of human capital, and have been going out of my way to meet as many people as I can, in order to create valuable relationships with these people.  Especially since I am around so many intelligent and talented people.

This leads me to my point:  Google doesn’t have all the answers.  In the past, if I had a question I would just type it in to Google and wait 0.07 seconds for the results to return.  If I needed to talk to someone, I’d send them a text, email, or Facebook message.  Now I am learning to ask the people around me.  I have discovered that the people in my network know a whole lot more than Google (figuratively speaking).

It is amazing what one can find out about another person, just by asking a non-related question.  Start using your cell phone and lunch meetings instead of Google and email, and you too, will be well on your way to fostering meaningful relationships.  Just remember, it is not who you know, it is who knows you.

Credits:  Image from Visceral Observations

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Eliot is a software developer by trade and a entrepreneur by spirit. He has built web software for the likes of YMCA, UPS, FedEx, Ford and Harcourt, and helped launch mobile apps like Coupon Policy, TourWrist, and Pocket Legal.

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