Networking overkill creates a world of possibilities but it’s become a game that only a few have mastered. I’m happy to connect if we have met before.
The key is to nurture your 1st degree connections. Most of the planet has hit the 500+ mark. How many of these people are difference-makers in your life? How many of them reach out to you? Life is easier if your inbound mailbox is full. It’s stressful if you live an outbound life.
There are definitely soft connections in my network but we stay in touch because of the information we feed each other. Sometimes it leads to sales or helping someone find a job.
What happens on LinkedIn stays on LinkedIn. It’s important to state your career intentions and build credibility so that the right people find you. You are what you share.