They are all wrong.
“You’re on Myspace! Dude, what are you, a 12 year old girl?”
That’s what my friend of 25 years said several years ago when I told him about being on Myspace. Way before Myspace, I had several personal websites (not blogs) that I played with, practiced coding, posted thoughts, graphics and ideas. Think mid-to-late 90’s here. Again, my best friend along with co-workers and others exclaimed how ridiculous it was that I had a personal website – I must be crazy. Same goes for when I got on Facebook, Twitter and when I began posting videos and pics and going to conferences and doing public speaking.
Now, many of these people are on Facebook with videos and pictures galore. Who’s crazy now?
I say all this because it’s important to know that the other people around you will never know your plan, your future, your end-game. They will never know what’s right for you. What makes sense to you, what seems clear as glass can be obscure and confusing to everyone else. Don’t let that get in the way of your future.
Take what interests you and move it out into the world. Don’t worry about what your friends and critics will say. Don’t fear what will be said. Just grow, do, and improve.
Plot a course, use all the online tools available and share your talents and I promise you will never (really) be a sellout.
About Justin McCullough
Justin McCullough is mentor, marketer and leader with more than 10 years of selling experience from startups to large corporations. Justin’s experience ranges from advertising agencies to newspapers and web development firms to book publishers. You can find out more about Justin at www.justinmccullough.com or www.leader4hire.net .
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