Some people make an impression on you right from the start. In that first conversation, you realise they’re going to be important to you. Their values match or complement your own, they challenge you, they fill your mind with potential. And, hopefully, you do the same for them.
These connections run deeper than the typical supply-demand links that we create in the professional world. And the shallow, shared interest friendships that come and go with every new hobby. These are the relationships that help you discover yourself, the ones that make you grow.
Often such meetings are serendipitous, made possible by the simple fact that some aspect of similarity brought you to the same place at the same time. Occasionally that serendipity is engineered by a mutual connection.
That’s my job — I’m a community engineer.