I was clueless on how to respond to e-mails asking me to “LinkIn” and become a “friend.” I stood on the sidelines as I watched others instant message and tweet on their cell phones. Yet yesterday, I posted a tip on how to backup contact information for a LinkedIn group member and made comments in response to colleagues’ tweets and blog posts.
Why the change? After all, I had successfully resisted having a social media account for years. If, like me, your time runs out before your to-do list does, you place a high value on how you spend every minute and you pay close attention to productivity measures of your activities. Without a definite plan for how my time spent on social media would create a positive impact, I took no action.
At some point I recognized that I would never figure out the value of being connected until I got involved. To move forward, I abandoned my need for a plan and adopted a strategy of purposeful activity. Instead of plotting a path with highly specific steps to arrive at a desired goal, I have adopted a purpose of participating to create valuable exchanges of knowledge.
In my short time online, I have encountered many opportunities and stand to potentially see many more opportunities come from my collaborations as technology evolves. If you have not already, I encourage you to join the online conversations on the topics that matter most to you.
“I dream of men who take
the next step instead of worrying about the next thousand steps.” -Theodore
“I dream of men who take the next step instead of worrying about the next thousand steps.”