I’ve admitted it before, and I’ll admit it again, I’m not a naturally outgoing person. I try to be, and I’d like to be, but it’s not something I was born with. I have a level of shyness that has been hard for me to over come, and has been with me for as long as I can remember.
When opportunities arise for me to meet someone I don’t know particularly well, or to go to a meetup by myself and network, there’s a level of internal struggle I have to deal with. The moments leading up to the meeting/event, are fill my head with hundreds of excuses as to why I don’t need to go, and how I can back out.
Forcing myself to do these things has been one of the best things I’ve done for myself. Without question, every time I’ve gritted my teeth (being over dramatic) and made the jump I’ve been happy that I did. The more I put myself out there, the more I meet incredible people in the NY Tech Scene.
Last night I went to the Covestor Event at USV. Again, something I wasn’t particularly pumped about going to before hand. While I was there, however, I got to see some people I haven’t seen in a few weeks, met a few people I’ve only talked to over the phone/twitter (great to put a face to a name) and, even met a few people for the first time. All great connections, all good people, making it a totally successful night in my book.
Woody Allen is attributed to saying the title of this post. I now realize he’s absolutely right. I’m looking forward to getting out there and meeting more of the tech community. And, for the record, don’t let the beginning of this post fool you, I’d be happy to meet up with anyone, at anytime, to talk about anything. Just shoot me an email.