Join an association!
Could I be any more pointed?
I am pondering the up-and-coming PMA in Brisbane, and realise what I am most looking forward to is the camaraderie of our industry. Face facts, humans are social animals, we need one-another, and there is nothing as good as pulling yourself out of your daily routine and squishing together at a conference, comparing notes with others.
Working alone is tremendously isolating, you begin to believe your own B.S., you worry about your "competition", you start to imagine all sorts of nutty things.
The cure: join an industry association. Get out and share your afflictions. You will thank me. Cheers, Paul