Breaking LinkedIn Rules

Last week, Rick and I talked about bridges and weights. Rick was sharing his experience as an engineering student with a lesson:

There is a warning signal before any bridge to warn people of carrying limits. For example, if the bridge can carry 100 tonnes of materials, the signal says: Limited to 25 tonnes.

Can you believe how cautious engineers manage risks, monuments, and life? Is a 75% margin acceptable, too much, or incomprehensible?

Guess how many accidents happen on bridges because of overloads...

Unfortunately, I didn't respect LinkedIn's warnings, and my social media presence collapsed for 48 hours.

Here is what happened:

  • By the end of April, Rick shared Starting Over, and I was slapped.
  • My LinkedIn network was about 7,116 1st-degree contacts, but I was in a slump.
  • Rick reminded me that any conversation starts by saying hello, which could be the first step to getting referrals.
  • On May 1st, I contacted one, two, three, and soon a hundred people.
  • The next three weeks, I didn't stop and surfed a thousand, two thousand, and soon five thousand messages.
  • On Friday 18, 432 new conversations were running, and Rick was helping me refine the 1-1 adjustment.


LinkedIn rules are clear: don't use any automation tool.

  • What do the police do if you mimic any AI or automation software?
  • Was it too much? Too offensive? Too enthusiastic?
Back on track with a seatbelt since Monday, you caught me thinking out loud:
  • If I knew whom to contact in my network to get referrals...
  • If I wasn't in a slump... If I had done it before...
  • If there were no 'Ifs'...

Until then...

  • Do you know every person in your network?
  • Have you ever said hello to each of your 1st-degree connexions?
  • Would you do it if you knew the output? What output? Is there any?

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