When I got a LinkedIn in high school
When I was in high school, I got a LinkedIn
In 2011, when everybody at my school was warming into Facebook more, I got a LinkedIn
My friends thought I was ridiculous
LinkedIn isn't cool. Why would anybody need that?
Frankly, I didn't know what I was doing
I saw some smart people going there. So I went too.
I found that it accelerated my learning.
LinkedIn Question/Answer became my home. I met professionals, learned how to hack school, and steps I needed to take to become successful from the best in the industry
I got my first mentors through LinkedIn.
In fact, I probably wouldn't have found an interest in tech had I not taken that first ridiculous step.
4 years later
More than half of those friends who laughed at me have joined LinkedIn. The value I have obtained by being early to LinkedIn has been amazing.
To this day I remain a LinkedIn Power User
I took my bet. And I learned from it.