by: Jamey Brown
Firstly, I am glad to now be on WordPress! I have been a Tumblr user for a long time, but I also love WordPress. So, I am now on both – my Tumblr account will be geared more towards my personal blogging and my WordPress account will be catered to digital media, current events and updates on my new venture as the Director of Social Media for Umano (sorry for not linking back to Twitter – we are situating everything with our creative before fully launching our handle). But this new venture has brought up many ideas that have been rattling around in my head. So, why not share them?
To say social media has been a big part of my life is an understatement – it has been (almost) my entire career so far. I have thoroughly enjoyed every in and out of the field and will continue to enjoy them – it is a field that has NEVER felt like work to me. But how do you turn something that isn’t work into a profitable and rewarding career? Well, like I always say, let your passion guide you as best you can to the field you love and then do your best to be the best. If I had to rate myself on a scale from 1 to 10 (I know, I know, many people hate the 1 to 10 scale), I would rate myself between a 5 and a 6. But wait, doesn’t this sound low for someone who says this is their passion? Not at all. I ALWAYS leave room open to garner more information – I firmly believe that listening is the best ability to have in social media. The hunger to listen and learn more is what takes people from good to great and is what drives curiosity. Curiosity then drives vision. Vision then drives execution. So, in saying all of this, I am proud to rate myself between a 5 and 6 because I will never be at a 10, but you better believe I will always work to get to a 10. But how does this passion and drive for social media inspire entrepreneurship?
What is entrepreneurship? By definition, it is the adjective form describing the ideas behind an entrepreneur, which is “a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk.” But I would also like to include that it can be in MANY different forms, and we all have it in us, we just have to find it. Entrepreneurship allows that person to really go for it, seek their dream. It allows them to be honest, find their passion, converse with various kinds of people and become a pioneer in the desired field. Social Media is the perfect outlet for this – it allows users to be 100% transparent, interact with one another and connect with people and communities that they are passionate about. It can then enable people to build a social, online presence (let’s just say a brand for example) and develop a community of dedicated fans, followers and believers. Social Media unlocks the gate for people to focus on the “Why” over the simple “What.”
I have allowed social media to help me progress in my career and it has been tremendously rewarding. Granted there was hard work on my end as well. I have enjoyed being able to connect with online communities and come truly as myself. I am now doing my best to build one of these social communities and am having a blast. So I will end on this: Go Get Some.
Has social media inspired entrepreneurship in you? If so, how?