I never write about the bleeding edge of things. It doesn’t benefit most people to run out and try something very new most times. But I really think you should give Pokemon Go a try and I’ll explain why.
What is Pokemon Go?
If you’ve ever heard of the video game / card game / cartoon / multi billion dollar franchise that is Pokemon, it’s about a bunch of trainers who catch and train wild creatures in little balls so that they can battle each other (not bloody, but more like sporting). Again, this has been a super popular video game, a card game, etc.
Our friend James showed us the wonderful independent bookstore, McNally Jackson while we were in New York recently. We left with a stack of books (which I never do, because I’m a digital downloads kind of guy) and probably could’ve stayed there an hour or two more if I hadn’t needed to take a quick tour of highly functional plumbing (bookstores do it to me every time!). I loved the store because it wasn’t selling every book. It sold books it thought would challenge you or feed you or make your mind better. And that showed.
Five Good Dishes
Some time over the past few days while walking around various parts of New York City between my other duties, I wrote a note in my Idea Machine ( what’s that?) that just said “Five Dishes.”
The recent vote for Britain to depart the European Union came with a tall side order of hate, racism, and fear. Your first reaction will probably mirror mine: deplorable. And it is. But there’s more to it.
Hate Comes From Fear
This kind of hate, anyway, is the stuff of fear. The people most affected by any economic or political changes are those who are struggling to survive. No matter what the change is, it hits those who are the least stable in their lives and situations. When you see lots and lots of reports of people in Britain shouting “Go back to Poland,” my guess is that it comes from people who aren’t getting enough to eat, or who have to decide whether to pay for medicine or heat.
I have a secret weapon when it comes to building my business, and it’s something I definitely can’t train you to have. I love to share thoughts and ideas with people. I love creating posts. Text, video, audio. It’s all great for me. I love sharing.
My Secret Weapon
The beauty of such a secret weapon is that you can learn more about me and about my business and about whatever it is I do that helps you thrive. It’s great because it’s a way to stay in contact with you, a way to share another perspective, a way for you to “mind read” and learn how I look at challenges.
You can read (ironically) a blog post every day or so telling you that blogging is dead. They tell you to write into Facebook notes or into Medium or anywhere but on your own blog. They tell you that no one visits blogs any more. And whoever “they” is have lost tons and tons of opportunities over and over again while shifting between platforms while giving you that advice.
Blogging Is Not Dead
Blogging is alive and well. People create content of varying levels of value every day. There are dozens and dozens of posts created on some sites each day while other people have switched to a weekly frequency. But millions of new pages of content are created daily, no matter where you fit in the spectrum.
I’ve had the pleasure to work with many different companies on several influencer marketing projects over the years. Some were really well run and excellent and others felt like they weren’t a great fit (my problem, more than theirs). As I’ve had the opportunity to work with a lot more companies on influencer marketing programs, it’s been on my mind a lot. I wanted to write something from the perspective of the supposed “influencer,” and in this case I mean me.
Rule One: Honor the Community You Serve
I’m at an interesting time in my career. Everything I’m “most known for” is mostly stuff from between 2006 and 2009, and though I’ve continued to be in the public eye and adding lots and lots of value where I can, it’s not like I’ve delivered any next BIG thing that has people talking. People quote me, but a lot of what they quote is from a whole different time. (The quotes still apply, I guess.) And I just stumbled onto one reason why. I need to give you some backstory.
Play the Hits
I’ve talked about this before. My “shorthand” for this comes from a story about the Beach Boys that might be fake, for all I know. Evidently, one detail that keeps ruining their plans for a reunion is that most of the band wants to play “Good Vibrations” and “Surfin USA” and Brian Wilson wants to play the experimental music he was working on when the band broke up. He wants to explore forward, but the band knows that people going to a reunion concert want them to play the hits.
I’m writing this to tell you about beliefs, and how dangerous it can be to believe something. I’m not writing this to tell you to make any kind of changes in your eating habits. I want you to know this because I love sugar, things made with sugar, and I love all the fake sugars out there, too. No, friend. This is about belief. Oh, and I’m not selling anything. This is just a story.
Sugar – I Had No Idea
My buddy and business partner Rob Hatch recently did his first run through the Whole 30 diet and lost like 25 pounds in a month. Being that I needed to re-jumpstart my weight loss efforts (depression gave me back 50 pounds absolutely free!), I was motivated to give it a try.
I got back from my fourth trip out to Social Media Marketing World (run by Mike Stelzner and team) and had a blast. I also came back quite inspired. Though I rail against “social media” quite often these days, I caught the thread of what it should REALLY be doing for us. It’s about making sure you’re out there serving, and part of that, is getting your voice out there to help. If you’re not down for reading, here’s a podcast episode that covers it a slightly different way, but gets the gist of it.
Get Your Voice Out There
I was reminded at this event by my friend Gary Vaynerchuk that the real value, the real opportunity, the VICTORY you can seek, is to use your voice to help others. You can connect and share and help people do amazing things in your world. It wasn’t any specific thing Gary said. It’s the fact that he built a huge media business around himself that continues to generate more and more business opportunities for him and the organization. And I’m not saying to clone what Gary does (you CAN’T be Gary – he’s singularly a force!), but instead, to think about how YOUR voice can serve others.
I’m sitting at the airport in San Diego after speaking at Social Media Marketing World, one of two events with “social” in the name that I actually like. It’s not that I like the event. I like the people. I like who I get to talk with here. It’s a wild kind of “just for us” experience where I get to talk with people I really appreciate and admire. Lots of them. Thinking about this had me thinking about my success.
The Secrets of My Success
Here’s a sampling of the people I spoke with today: