With Social Media Comes Social Responsibility
Let me start by saying that I’m relatively new to the social media and online marketing scene, and so far I am having an absolute blast. I am not just here to dip my toe in either. I am here to dive in, fully immerse myself and hopefully both find and share many pearls along the way. Social media has without a doubt created a fundamental shift in both the way we communicate and the way we do business.
But How Do We Hear Through All the Noise?
I imagine this is true for a lot of people, but the reason I’ve resisted jumping in to social media until recently is because the NOISE was just too loud for me. It’s so easy to lure people in on the internet with unrealistic but VERY appealing promises. The “bigger, better, faster” mentality dominating the landscape is just such so disheartening. It’s like people have turned off their capacity for critical thinking and are just losing themselves in the matrix.
And no, I’m not even talking about the wealth without work pitch-fests, because in my opinion those are easy to spot and steer clear of. I’m talking about all the people who seem caught up in this era of “Next Big Things” and “Pre-Launches”.
Sure you can build fast incomes off the hype and buzz of anything new, but once that fizzles down, it’s almost certain that so will the company. What happened to the appeal of network marketing being LONG-TERM residual income? And more than that, where is the respect for the unsuspecting newcomers to your team who believed in the vision YOU enrolled them in?
Listen Carefully for the Heartbeat
Considering my initial impression of internet marketing was that it was slimy and deceptive, I must say I’m pretty excited and inspired by all the fabulous people I’m ‘meeting’. A couple of months ago, a friend sent me to Katie Freiling’s blog, saying that I’d be really impressed by what she was up to. Not only was I impressed, but it really flipped a switch inside me about what was possible in terms of online communities and global impact.
From there, I stumbled upon a rockin’ community of online marketers who ARE all about authenticity, contribution, collaboration, integrity and leadership. The group is much smaller than the noise makers out there, but the collective force is SO much more powerful.
If you listen carefully, you’ll hear it too…..ba dum, ba dum, ba dum…..it’s the heartbeat of the internet marketing world! Not only is it getting stronger every day, but it’s allowing connections to happen online in similar fashion to how connections happen offline, which I never imagined possible.
It’s about putting relationships first, building tribes and working inside of cooperation instead of competition to change lives and make the biggest impact possible.
I may be new on the scene, but every cell of my being is LIT UP by the emergence of this tribe concept (more on that in an upcoming blog post…stay tuned!).
I truly believe it is our responsibility to uphold what is right and good about this brilliant industry!
It is our responsibility to breathe life into the relationships we are creating here online.
It is our responsibility to make conscious choices that lead to conscious results.
It is our responsibility to choose excellence in every action we take.
Taking responsibility for how we interact and engage with our communities online is taking ownership of how we hold the bigger vision of what’s possible here. Brian Tracy said that “Peak performance begins with you taking complete responsibility for your life and everything that happens to you.” No, I wasn’t (am am still not) happy with a lot of the practices I see online, but by not participating and trying to ignore it, I was actually allowing it.
So here I am, believing it’s possible to create real and lasting relationship onlines that create real and lasting results for people everywhere.
My heart and mind are absolutely blown wide open, and as I said, I’m having a blast.
Feel free to join my community (so I can find you and join yours!), leave a comment and connect with me on the various social media sites. I look forward to both inspiring and being inspired!