I've never been one to accumulate "useless" contacts. Useless in the sense that they offer little to no value to me or to us (if I'm working with a group). I view my rolodex as finite so I have to be very very careful with who to put in it.
A stupid person might read the above paragraph and call me an asshole while a smart person might read that and say it's actually a great strategy. And here's why; say you're at an event and you speak to five people and only ONE turn out to be serious about their business. Congratulations, you've wasted 80% of your effort. That's usually the percentage of "waste" in a typical person's rolodex. I'm far from typical. My rolodex contains reliable professionals that are dedicated and incredibly serious about their business. I specifically made my rolodex that way. I don't collect business cards. I don't randomly add people on social media. I'M NOT A FAN OF EXCESS!!!!!
How many times have you heard someone say this? I met this individual at an event where we exchanged cards and social media links...but haven't spoken since.
What was the point in collecting each other information? A stupid person might say; you never know who might be of help..."down the road".
I really hate when people say that. 1). If you're going to bet on those odds, you might as well play the lottery. 2). Having a rolodex with very professional and reliable individuals beat "down the road" contacts ANY DAMN DAY!
The takeaway: Build a rolodex with VERY strong contacts and eliminate the excess. That should be a key part of your arsenal on your path to success.