Creativity is defined by constraints, a tribute to Norman Berry #li
Joi Ito recommends "learn like a child" - Innovating by the Seat of Our Pants - #li

Networking is the job after the job. #li

Since I have cut back the amount of networking that I do, my attitude is starting to change. I'm starting to see that associations are always trying to capture your energy. Very few of them actually give you a return for your time and money. 7 Rules for Effective Networking, 2011-Nov-22, by Peter Helmer

"It’s not net-sit or net-eat. It’s net-WORK."

-- Ivan Misner, Founder of BNI

Yes, networking is work.  It requires systematically connecting with the right people in the right places with the right message and the right touch.