I don’t surf the net/ No I never been on MySpace/
Too busy letting my voice vibrate/ Carving out my space/ — Jay Z (Beach Chair)
Because of the Internet and social media it’s easier than ever to keep up with your friends and colleagues. I’m a big proponent of cultivating relationships, helping one another, and spreading ideas — that’s primarily why this blog exists.
But this vast and changing social landscape also makes it increasingly easy to compare ourselves to others, to spend countless hours looking at people’s Facebook photo albums, or reading blog posts talking about the latest gadgetry or waxing poetic about the same old nonsense.
I encourage you to leverage the speed of social media to solidify connections, advance ideas, and create positive change, but I also encourage you to cut all that other crap out.
- It doesn’t matter that Jenny wrote a book before she turned 30. (Even though she’s super awesome).
- Ignore the virtual tour of your old classmate’s new house.
- Stop reading 10 new ways to market your Facebook page. They’re not new. 100 people have written this exact same post.
- Hell, stop reading this blog if you’re not learning something new, if it’s not leading you to take action or adding value to your life.
There’s significantly more noise than ever before. Trying to keep up with all of it and be everything to everyone is a waste of time. It’s just fear manifesting itself through excuses and procrastination and we’re all guilty of it – some more than others.
Take a queue from Jay-Z and bury your head in your own work. The less time you spend comparing yourself to others, caring about what others think of you, and educating yourself on things you inherently know the more time you have to carve out your own niche.
You might find that when you pick your head back up, you’re ahead of those you were comparing yourself to — more importantly you’ll be ahead of where you were before you got in the trenches.
Photo Credit: Juergen Kurlvink