To an extent, definitely. You also have to be in the right place at the right time too .
I think if you're not trying then you don't get many opportunities. My experience has been the power of networking can't be over-estimated and it is something I find very hard to do.
You find networking hard to do? I think you hide it very well then. I agree with your first point totally though and could never see myself doing what you and TinDog do ... I leave it to the experts and stay in the cupboard
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