· Chapter Four ·

CONNECT WITHOUT NETWORKING

The most exhausting thing in life, I have discovered, is being insincere.

—ANNE MORROW LINDBERGH, Gift from the Sea

Friendly introductions and warm leads are the currency of the Gig Economy. We rely on other people to think of us, refer us to potential work and projects, mentor us, and connect us to institutions, colleagues, and companies that offer us new opportunities. If we want to create any movement or change in our lives—such as finding a new job, relocating to a new city or neighborhood, or entering a new industry—it’s easiest with the help of other people.

We know to expect constant change in the Gig Economy. Jobs are insecure, and variable work is increasingly common. We’re always on the lookout ...

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