Lately, I’ve been hit with quite a few requests from anonymous people on LinkedIn. I generally accept these invitations but I really don’t care so much about my LinkedIn profile anymore. It’s funny, when I first registered a few years back, I thought my LinkedIn profile would become my new resume. It was supposed to be my golden ticket to a bigger and brighter future. I used to cherish it like my credit score (which is way, way more important), and would spend hours upon hours tweaking it… trying to get it just right.
How Things Change
Passive income… It’s crazy what it can do to you. It not only instills confidence, but makes you feel empowered.
- Do I care about networking with other professionals in my career field? No.
- Do I want to make friends with headhunters and recruiters? No.
- Do I even need a photo on my profile? No. My profile hasn’t had a photo update in over a year.
I feel like I’m getting close to achieving my goal of early financial independence. I should surpass my original passive income target of $1500/month by early 2014. By the end of 2014, the cash flow is expected to be in well excess of that, most likely collecting over $2000/month. By no means is anything certain in life, and I don’t want to walk around with a false sense of bravado… or count my chickens before they hatch, but I’m not going to lie and pretend like having an additional income stream doesn’t alter a person’s mentality either.
I like being in control of things. My job makes me feel powerless. I honestly feel like I could be laid off at any moment for any reason. I detest corporate politics, and they are especially bad in the high-tech field. All it takes is one bad earnings report and heads will roll. I’ve seen it happen before and I’m certain it will happen again. It’s only a matter of time…
Realistically, I should be able to last in my career for another 1-2 years. If that’s all I need, then why do I need to waste my time worrying about my LinkedIn profile? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — I don’t want to be an engineer anymore.
Should I transition into a new field, such as real estate (agent), I guess you could say I might need to hold on to a LinkedIn profile… Either that, or find another site to help me network with others. Or I could just close down my engineering profile and start a new one. Kind of like starting over with a clean slate.
These days I care more about connecting with other bloggers and investors. Unlike my career network, I can actually relate with these people, and I want to get to know them better. 🙂
All joking aside, LinkedIn was useful for a period of my life. It helped me land a new job and meet other engineers. It served its purpose, but as someone on the journey to early financial independence, I’ve reached the point where I feel like I no longer need it anymore.
As such, that blank photo you see above will be all that remains. No new photos. No more updates. What you see is what you get. And for some reason, all these networking professionals still want to connect with me…
What about you? Do you rely on LinkedIn? Do you work hard to maintain your profile? Once you reach financial independence, what will you do with your now “useless” profile?