I threw a BBQ last night.
The food and drink, though not cheap, was delicious. All of the guests complimented me on my ability to bend smoke and heat to my will and tame the fibers of a beef brisket. Really I did this because my wife decided she wanted to have a party for friends and family, but it got me thinking about the concept of social capital.
Do I trade food for friends? No.
Do I think giving someone a slice of brisket will necessarily endear me to them? Nope.
Even if there’s lots of free beer to go along with it? Nah.
Do I think good things happen when you bring people together and help cross polinate your social groups and try to find commonalities among them?
You bet your brisket I do.
Remember, you don’t have to have a reason to hang out with friends. But putting a little extra effort into being a valuable connector (yes, even as an engineer) can have lots of great consequences in your personal and professional life. We’re still just humans, after all.
Plus, who doesn’t like brisket?