June 2, 2011

#Trust30 - Day 3

On more than one occasion I've been told the most popular posts on this site are the ones where I reveal something about myself. Readers appear to have enjoyed the posts I've written about my kids more than the posts about my first digital SLR camera and the tripod I bought for it.

Bottom line is I'm not comfortable writing about myself. In an effort to get over that discomfort, today I have committed to making an attempt to write about myself. The reasons for this are still formulating in my mind, but I've decided to move forward with this plan without analyzing it to death which would definitely result in the immediate stoppage of this foolhardy plan of mine.

To help me do this I agreed to participate in #Trust30, an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages you to look within and trust yourself. The idea is to use this as an opportunity to reflect on your now, and to create direction for your future. Each day they post a prompt from an original thinker and doer on RalphWaldoEmerson.me. 30 prompts from inspiring thought-leaders will guide me on my writing journey. This should be interesting. Don't be shy about checking back to see how I'm doing and to leave a comment or thought of your own.


Day 3 - Prompt authored by Buster Benson - "One Strong Belief"

It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

The world is powered by passionate people, powerful ideas, and fearless action. What’s one strong belief you possess that isn’t shared by your closest friends or family? What inspires this belief, and what have you done to actively live it?


I passionately believe that social media is not a fad. It is here to stay. And professionals like lawyers, CPAs and Financial Service Providers need to get on the train before it leaves the station. I believe this so strongly, I started a business to work with these people to help them take advantage of the power of social media.

I chose these people because they have challenges with using social media. Lawyers have to abide by the Code of Professional Responsibility. They have to be mindful of confidentiality rules. Financial Service Providers need to comply with SEC and FINRA rules and regulations. The people I want to work with need me because of the experience I bring to the table. They can't afford to have the 22 year-old intern posting their status updates.

Aside from my wife, who has been incredibly supportive, those around me don't share my belief in social media or my optimism. I suppose only time will tell.

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