Yesterday, Vincent Wright, founder of MyLinkedInPowerForum and dozens of related groups, announced yesterday that he will no longer be an active evangelist for LinkedIn, although he will remain a member and active user:
And though I will remain a user of Linkedin and perhaps even a paid-member of Linkedin, my days as a self-appointed Linkedin evangelist ended, yesterday.
Some people say that there’s no such thing as giving too much… yes, there is, and Vincent gave too much, by his own admission:
Therefore, sometimes we have to do a checkup to see whether what we’re doing is what we should be doing for our greatest benefit, pleasure, and profit. From time to time, we need to check to make sure that what we are doing will be of real-world benefit to our friends, family, and business associates. We must do this even with the things we permit ourselves to have deep, abiding passion for.
Some of you have heard me say this before but for who haven’t, I need to say that I’m WAAAAAYYYYY behind schedule in reducing the amount of time I’ve allocated to Linkedin.
Personally, while I’m sad to see LinkedIn lose one of its staunchest supporters, I’m glad for Vincent that he has realized the need to shift his focus.
See, one of the “dirty little secrets” of networking is that there is NOT always a direct correlation between what is touted as “good networking” and financial success. I fully believe in the idea of “givers gain”, but as usual, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.
In the Bible it says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” There’s an important implication there that many people miss. Love your neighbor as yourself. If you don’t love yourself — more importantly, if you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of your neighbor.
So Vincent (and all you other heavy networkers out there), please take care of yourself. You can give your best to the world when you have the time, energy and financial freedom to do so.