Start A Coffee Meeting Fund
I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of connecting with others.
Whether you’re looking for a new job, a new spouse, or simply a new friend, interpersonal communication is key.
If you ask me, this isn’t stressed nearly enough early on in life.
Yes, I understand teachers claim this is the whole point of assigning group work, but there is a major difference between working together towards a common goal and identifying new opportunity through others.
Ideally, we should be able to do both.
Being a team player is important, but in life, we have already have plenty of chances to hone this skill in the classroom, on the field, and in countless other places.
What we don’t have is an effective framework for finding new opportunity with others. After all, opportunity doesn’t just happen to us.
Opportunity happens because of people.
No matter what it is you’re looking for in life, you won’t find it without the help of others. It’s simply not possible.
That being said, there is an infinite number of ways to find those people, especially online.
Call me old fashioned, but as much as I enjoy using social media, nothing can replace getting to know someone face-to-face.
I value this time so much, I make it a point to build it into my weekly schedule. I try to be proactive when it comes to reaching out to others.
What exactly do I do once we make first contact?
I setup a coffee meeting.
This concept of a simple conference over caffeine changed my life.
Once I graduated college and found myself out in the “real world,” I panicked. I realized I could no longer meet people over late night games of beer pong or Thirsty Thursdays.
To be honest, I never really drank coffee back then. Instead, Red Bull was my drug of choice.
As an adult, I quickly realized coffee meetings serve many purposes. They are:
- A way to make friends that doesn’t involve getting drunk
- An excuse to pick the brain of someone I admire
- A non-sleazy way to network with other professionals
- A low-pressure alternative for a first date
As you can see, learning to love coffee as an adult has its advantages.
I am such an advocate of coffee meetings, I have made a decision:
If and when I have kids, I will help them start a “coffee meeting fund” with the sole purpose of teaching them value of connecting with others.
This may not sound revolutionary to you, but to me, it could give my hypothetical kids a head start on their journey to creating their own paths.
They could use this fund to meet potential mentors, find internships and apprenticeships, and even meet others who share their passions.
What more could you want as a hypothetical parent?
Hell, who says you have to wait until you have kids? Why not start putting money aside for your own coffee meeting fund right now. After all, it’s never too late to find new opportunity and rediscover yourself.
No matter how old you are, spending money on quality time with others will always be a worthwhile investment in creating the future you want.