• Social Media Saved My Life

    Social Media Can Be The Water You Need To Be Fed

    Passion

    Everyone has a story. Everyone has a moment in time where they experience something that changes them in ways they never imagined. They become transformed by something much bigger than them. That time came for me in early 2012. My story had begun a long time ago, but this time the book was closed and a new one began. I had always been good at anything I applied myself to. There wasn’t much I couldn’t do or figure out. When I look back at my life, it was a series of ups and downs and there was always something I would accomplish but I always felt empty. There was something that was missing. Something that made me say inside I wanted more. Something was tugging on me and letting me know inside I had to change.

     

    I always knew one day that “That Day” would always come.

    Independence

    You may ask why? Because it’s really simple. I was a statistic. I was running from the stereotypes and challenged to achieve more than my mother, my father, my brother, my sister or anyone else in my family. I was running from an expectation that I would be everything my family wanted me to be. I was the Genius.

    Not in my mind, but to some around me. To me, I was just a kid who grew up with the same challenge anyone from urban America has: Less Opportunity, Smaller window to make mistakes, no room for risks. My mother had set the example with over 2 decades of college education, my brother was excelling in his career and very astute in anything mechanical( virtual genius when it comes to engines). My sister followed my mother’s footsteps with multiple masters degrees and so then there was me: The Genius who would exceed them all. I was a kid who simply loved my family and only wanted one thing:

    The happiness of My family, My friends, and My Father.

    No Risk, No Reward

    I guess in a way I did the opposite of what was expected of me trying to prove those who loved me wrong. I wasn’t afraid of risk. I wasn’t in fear of challenges. I wasn’t interested in being what everyone else wanted for me( a Rhodes scholar, an engineer, a lawyer, etc.) In a way, I was much like my father; willing to blaze my own trail at all costs. Not afraid of failure. Keep going and work harder than anyone else. be willing to fight for what you believe in. Never Settle. Be Humble. Be Grateful for what you have been given. Live Simple. Love Always. Laugh Often. This was my father. This was also me. But I didn’t realize this until Social Media saved my life.

     

    Yes like most business people I had used social media for work and not really let the emotional side of me open up. I was even told once that I was cold and heartless and never cry. Well, my father changed that and then Social Media brought it out. I didn’t find the significance of “Being Me” until I read so many awesome messages and prayers and in my heart received so much encouragement from so many people going back to my High School days.

    Life begins at the end of your comfort zone

    That's when Social Media became my breath. I was no longer empty Through Social Media I knew there were other people who thought like me, who lived like me, who struggled like me, who hustled like me but most importantly who lost someone or something like me. Ever since that day in the summer of 2012, I realized how much social media can change your direction. Can Leave and Example for those to live and a Legacy. I realize in every post is like a heartbeat to me. I realize there is an entire community who share this viewpoint. And there is also an entire community who do not. I realize the power of Social Media. Without it, I would be walking dead. With it, I can be a virtuoso of resources to help someone advance their cause or agenda. Change The Direction. Leave a Legacy. Live By Example.

     

    I guess in a way I did the opposite of what was expected of me trying to prove those who loved me wrong. I wasn’t afraid of risk. I wasn’t in fear of challenges. I wasn’t interested in being what everyone else wanted for me( a Rhodes scholar, an engineer, a lawyer, etc.) In a way, I was much like my father; willing to blaze my own trail at all costs. Not afraid of failure. Keep going and work harder than anyone else. be willing to fight for what you believe in. Never Settle. Be Humble. Be Grateful for what you have been given. Live Simple. Love Always. Laugh Often. This was my father. This was also me. But I didn’t realize this until Social Media saved my life.

    Social Media is like breathing to me

    What Social means to me is just like oxygen to every living being. I may not be the best, the brightest or the coolest but I am a Contributor. And so are you( whether it's your ideas or presence). I contribute towards the gathering of information and intellect and distribute ideas and theories to become relevant or exist in a realm where any other format that information is locked away with no access to it. I contribute because it’s my breath. And to live is to breathe. So for now and forever, social media has changed my life and it can change yours too!!

    Social Media Is Not Free: Here's Why

    Twitter is free. Facebook is free. Instagram is free. TweetDeck is (still) free. Google Alerts is free. So, social media is free, right? Wrong. Beyond even the obvious costs – designing and building a content strategy, or stepping up to a fee-based listening platform like Alterian, Collective Intellect, Cymfony, BuzzMetrics, or Lithium’s Scout Labs, social media is far from free.

    In fact, social media-based marketing costs real money. While it may not be millions of dollars for 30 seconds of air time, making sense of the social Web and really getting it right takes planning, creative insight, product management, and other internal resources, all of which have costs associated with them that you may not see at the outset.

    One of the mistakes often made when contemplating the addition of social media to an existing marketing program is failing to account for the significant amounts of time that are required by a social media program.

  • Be Social!! Be You!

    My Story. My Life. My Faith. Is all about the people I come in contact with. The places I go that Inspire me and the things in life which bring us together as one community. Social. Local. Global. We are all apart of this social family.

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