Hitchhiking opens you to the kindness of strangers, teaches you trust and patience, and exposes you to surprise. And since kindness comes suddenly and out of the blue, hitchhiking – to borrow from Mark Twain – is “fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.“
Build and maintain relationships with people you do not know well and may never be close to.
Our “weak ties” consist of acquaintances, with whom we probably know few people in common. This makes them a likelier source of new information and leads (and surprises) [Granovetter]. It also makes them an affront to narrow-mindedness and confirmation bias. And it makes them invaluable for evaluating ideas.
Keith Ferrazzi. 2005. Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time. Crown
Mark Granovetter. 1973. The Strength of Weak Ties
Mark Granovetter. 1983. The Strength of Weak Ties: A Network Theory Revisited
Malcolm Gladwell. 2000. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. Back Bay Books