As some of you know, I’ve recently started blogging again. I’m encouraged as I graaaadually develop a small following (thank you) and feel like a kid on Christmas day if LinkedIn’s analytics indicate that 60 people have viewed any one of my posts.
About two weeks ago, I reposted an article authored by Kyle Reyes, “CEO Makes Employees Take Snowflake Test” and as of the time of this posting 3,876 people (and counting) have viewed my reposting of that article (that doesn’t include the number of views Reyes received directly) and over 1,000 on Twitter. After he published that article, Reyes was interviewed by several news outlets about that topic. While that’s several thousand more views than I usually get on any of my posts, considering the world population those 3,876 views are a drop in the bucket and I wouldn’t say my repost “went viral”. But, as someone who has about 570 LinkedIn followers and lucky to get 50 views on any of my blog posts, this was better than Christmas day. This is like getting a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle with a compass in the stock on Christmas day!
Clearly, that article has gained some traction. But, why? What was it about that article that seems to have ignited an already smoldering fuse with so many people? Reyes’ article doesn’t pull any punches. It’s a bit “in your face”, edgy and certainly not for everyone. AND, HE SPEAKS HIS TRUTH. His truth isn’t meant to be accepted by everyone. It’s meant to be accepted only by those who share his passion. It’s a perfect example of how to establish an organizational culture.
Here’s your pep-talk:
Be courageous. Be vulnerable. If you know what you’re meant to do and that you can make a difference but don’t think there’s anyone else out there who shares the same crazy dream, you’re wrong. Put it out there and I promise you you’ll attract the right kind of crazy to help make your vision reality.
- - and the world will continue turning - - and your world will grow and be enriched by those who share your vision and help you succeed.
Be true to yourself and who you are.
Know that there is a value in who you are and what you offer. Respect yourself accordingly.
Surround yourself by people who share the same values - - those who will support you and who mutually care enough about your cause to offer viewpoints different than yours in order to “get it right”.
Let’s not forget: We are meant to be free. We are so free that we can even choose bondage. Choose wisely. Audentes fortuna iuvat
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