Chris Brogan has a great post today about being a connector – the type of person who brings people together for the sheer joy of seeing what happens when people in your network who don't yet know each other get together (atoms or bits) through your introductions. It's something I've always enjoyed doing and that I focus on with intent since I read Tim Sanders' Love is the Killer App a number of years ago. Sanders call connectors "love cats" which might sound a little touchy-feely but works when you get the full meaning behind the label.
The best quote from the post discusses the personal upside to connecting which is something that seems completely intuitive but escapes a lot of people who tend to ask the "why do you do this?" questions.
Connecting also involves reaching out when you don’t know the answers yourself. I’ve made a career out of not knowing things. I find that it helps me learn even bigger things. The trick is asking. Ask. Ask all the time. Reach out and say, “Who here knows how to make a useful registration management system?” And see what comes back. Asking helps really open up the network.
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