A few weeks back, a buddy shared his thoughts on my posts. He made a great point about being a conduit and how effective that’s been in helping connect different networks he’s a part of. That stuck with me, and I’ve been noodling on it since.

I have lots of interests that most would say aren’t related. Because of them, I’ve built relationships in circles that don’t overlap. I’ve developed great friendships with people in separate networks, which has helped me have a different perspective than many other people do.

Over the years, I’ve found myself being a conduit for people in these various groups. It wasn’t something I put much thought into. I just did it because I felt like good people should know other good people, even if they don’t run in the same circles.

As I’ve been thinking more about the conduit concept, I’ve realized the impact that being a conduit has had. It’s a small sample size, but the results are clear. Bridging different worlds has led to positive changes in the lives of people close to me that I’d never have predicted. They’ve seen things and met people who have, in some cases, had a material impact on the trajectory of their lives.

Being more strategic and intentional about serving as a conduit could help more people. I’m not sure what that would look like or how it would scale, but it’s definitely something I want to do.