Considering a big idea like changing careers, starting a business or moving to a new city? Here’s why you owe it to yourself to have some coffee dates first — 50, as a matter of fact.
You know your network can help you find a job, grow your influence and connect with others in your industry. But have you thought about how it can also help you make big career decisions?
That contact list you’ve gathered is full of potential mentors and co-conspirators who can help you hone your thoughts on everything from launching a new venture to moving to a new city. By sitting down with them to discuss your thoughts, you can get insights and work out dilemmas that will really get you on the right path.
The trick is in knowing how to tap into this resources. One author suggests you do it one cup of coffee at a time.
In an article on Inc., Peter Thomson recommends you have coffee with no less than 50 — count ’em, 50 — people to discuss your big idea before taking action on it.
As Thomson writes:
Each time I make a significant change in my life, I have coffee with 50 people to get their views on my plans.
If you’re raising investment for a startup, changing careers, or moving to a new city, then you owe it to yourself to have coffee with 50 people before making the jump.
Setting the goal of having coffee with 50 people forces you to be clear about your goals. Making the goal public, one person at a time, also makes it much stronger. Having 50 coffees is good because then you have to commit to the specific move that you want to make. You’ll also get input from smart and interesting people.
You can read the full article, including great tips on who to ask for those 50 coffees, how to ask them and how to make the most of your time together, here.
What do you think of the 50-cup challenge? Is the number too high? Could you do it?