Thoughts about the “Fast Company Influence Project”

I can’t tell you anything about the actual Fast Company Influence Project because I never clicked on it. I never came close to clicking on it, which is where I feel we will discover some of the myriad lessons to be learned from this situation.

First Impression

The first time I heard of the project, I didn’t hear of the project.

What I mean by that is that I didn’t realize that I had had a run-in with the project before I realized that a) there was a project and b) people didn’t like it. Continue reading “Thoughts about the “Fast Company Influence Project””

My Social Nightmare

I’ve been popular since the first memory I have available to me, somewhere around 5 years old.. or maybe 4, if I could actually pinpoint dates.

I’ve had crews since Kindergarten. I’ve always had my close set of friends that do stuff together and then a reputation that emanated from there.

If you had never heard of me in a school that I was in, you heard of something that I did, but you didn’t know I was the one that did it, or you didn’t know that I was the catalyst behind the action.

That doesn’t matter.. I know what I’ve done, and it’s my own personal resume of action, events and achievements. As funny as it seems, being that I’m usually the #3 Bill on Google, behind Gates & Clinton, I’m not actually interested in random people knowing what my name is or being able to spot me in a crowd. I’m DEFINITELY interested in my friends being able to find me and see what I’m doing. It’s basically, if we’ve shared part of our lives together, I want you to be able to get in touch with me if you feel like it.

Having said that, there’s a certain privilege that you get used to when your reputation has preceded you for your entire life. You have nothing to prove to anyone, because everyone who was there knows what happened. Your clients know the quality of the work you did for them. Your homeboys know the fun they had hanging out with you. The chicks you messed with know what you did to them. It’s like the saying goes… ” If you don’t know… You’d better ASK SOMEBODY! 😀 ”

Spheres of Influence

Social Media has afforded us all the opportunity to expand our spheres of influence. I have friends I talk to on a regular basis from Germany, England, Hawaii, Canada, Israel and coast to coast across the United States. That’s all lovely, but if you don’t manage your online relationships properly, you make yourself beholding to the sites that you use to interact with your friends scattered all over the planet. I’m thinking that that’s what led to my Social Nightmare the other night. 🙂 Continue reading “My Social Nightmare”