A pilot will tell you that the priorities in the cockpit during an emergency is to Aviate, Navigate, and Communicate. Experienced pilots that have survived real emergencies will tell you to Aviate, Aviate, Aviate. “Never stop flying the aircraft, until it can’t fly anymore!”
On the ground, in the office, or in the hangar and more so while on the path chasing a career lead, communicate, communicate, communicate. The FAA lists one of the Maintenance Dirty Dozen “Lack of Communication”. Make it a point to consistently make an effort to communicate. To reach out and meet new professionals. To reach back and mentor those behind you. To inquire as to what someones need is and what assistance they may require.
Throughout my years in the industry, there is one thing that has stood fast. No one knows it all. In the dynamic markets that exist and the ever-changing technology, communication is more important than ever before. The next person you may encounter may have the answer to your need or may know someone that can help.
This is also just as important on the recruiting side. Most of the jobs that are filled are indeed through networking and referral. Odds are that if you constantly are communicating with all your sources and consistently establishing new relationships it will pay dividends in the end.