Before you drop some serious bits of wisdom in the comments below, I would love to ask you a few questions. So let me set this up.
This post isn’t about motivating yourself, creating a better web presence, or simply killing it online.
It’s about all of the above and more.
It’s a little lesson on looking inward, experimenting and constantly recalibrating.
Do you want to know your key?
I’ve described my glass half full outlook and explained why technology, tribes and transparency are shifting our economy.
I believe it and will sing it ’til the cows come home.
What does this mean?
Whatever your plans in blogtopia are, YOU hold the golden key, my friend.
But if you really want to succeed (I do) you need to work harder than Lindsay Lohan’s probation officer.
Really, get to work and figure out exactly how that incomparable you fits into the online model.
I preach this over and over and over, but only because it’s so damn true.
REALLY. Think about you, your talents, your personality, and how you can weave that into a bang-on web presence that no one else can touch. Then, work to make it better.
Part of the process is of course finding a complex problem, but then solve said problem(s) and then figure out how to convey your message loud and clear, in a way that only you can do.
I see more than a few peeps out there working, testing and constantly recalibrating to make Their Thing Work.
It’s a mix of dogged determination, creativity AND personality.
They own it, and their increasing success is partly due to the fact that they wrap their content in personality.
They’ve figured out exactly what they do better than just about anyone and they do indeed bring it in their own special way.
I love positivity. I enjoy watching people succeed. And I get an emotional charge watching these careers unfold.
It’s a prime motivator for me and I imagine you’ll get a little charge out of it too.
Making “it” happen online is not easy. It’s a crap ton of work and most burn to a crisp or simply give up, often just when they are on the cusp of something special. I want you to make it work.
So today, let’s talk personality.
If you’re a blogger and I say “Pool Guy,” or “Lion” and I happen to slip in the term Content Marketing, I think you’ll instantly know who I’m talking about, right? Mr. Sheridan has not only created a neat little niche for himself, he’s gone on to become a sought-out public speaker and I’d say the sky’s the limit. I’ve met him, and what you see is what you get.
Mars Dorian has not only crafted a bang-on business model, he’s truly created a name for himself using his own brand of illustration and Uber-Slang infused with a German accent, that’s entertaining, enlightening and informative. He’s created his own language, really. I personally think the guy rocks and love his style.
I’d say young Ryan Hanley is taking the Insurance industry by storm and we just might have another Lion on our hands, seriously. If you haven’t checked out his 100 Insurance Questions Answered in 100 Days experiment you should. It’s simply awesome. I often think, “If only I was THAT motivated at that age.” We’ll be hearing a lot about Mr. Hanley in the coming years, you can take that to the bank.
Adrienne Smith generously writes out tips, tricks and a little bit of everything regarding internet marketing and blogging in general. Her tagline states it’s her mission to help you achieve success online, and I would say she’s committed to the cause. She’s not only committed to the cause, she is everywhere, and I mean everywhere. She’s generous, kind and extremely knowledgeable and I don’t think you’d ever be shocked if you met her in person. She’s the real deal AND she’s making it happen.
John Magnet Bell not only crafts timeless tweets, he has a very unique site. He hatches short, imaginative writing prompts, twice a week. He calls this an “adventure in open-source storytelling.” I call it ingenious and inspirational, and it might just be the jump start you need. I haven’t found anything else like Start Your Novel on the web and it’s not just for writers. If you’re stuck creatively, head on over to Mr. Bell’s place for some juice and see where it takes you.
Dino Dogan is everywhere, isn’t he? The guy rocks, everyone who meets him seems to love him and he undoubtedly knows this space. You might know him as “Mr. Triberr“, but he’s a marketing consultant, author and speaker. I’m still kicking myself for not getting to BWNY a day early, because I missed his presentation, but there’s always next time, right?
See how it works for these very cool peeps?
So here are six people, each doing something completely different. There’s a brand behind each name here. They’ve each built a platform that continues to grow, built on ingenuity, tenacity and personality.
So, why not bust out your very best rendition of that Frank Sinatra tune, right about now? But don’t just sing, get busy.
If you’re looking for a community of business owners who are unanimous in their desire to create their own little dent in this space, join us.
There will be many big changes here over the next 2-6 months and it’s all about You, your business and how you will rock it online in your own special way. I’ve been inspired by the people above and You, so thanks!
If you have other examples of bloggers absofreakinlutely killing it, we would all love to hear about them.