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Seriously…Who’s Watching You?

Seriously…Who’s Watching You?

“Be Aware, Stay Alert, Someone is always watching you.”

 

The above statement can be applied to so many areas in our lives.  I tell my students often that you have to be aware of your surroundings, and when you’re trying to get away with something there are eyes watching you.  

 

You know we often watch commercials to see what’s the latest and greatest for a particular brand. I know I stalk the OPI and Essie Nail Polish instagram pages because I NEED to know about the upcoming collections for the season.  Did you ever stop to think that we are our own brand?

 

Yes.

 

You are a brand.  

 

Never thought about it.  My parents would always say that I am representing them whenever I departed from the safety of their four walls.  Whatever I did was a reflection of their teachings, their guidance, so I better act right.

 

You mean to tell me someone is ALWAYS watching me?

 

There may not be millions of people watching you at one time (right now anyway), but trust there is at least one.  If you are a parent; your child.  If you are a teacher; a student(s).  If you are a coach; your team.  If you are at an event, and decide to post a playful video on your snapchat. SOMEONE IS WATCHING YOU!

 

Let me tell you what had happened. I was attending the Chicago Auto Show on Saturday with about twenty of our students.  Whenever I’m in the “windy city,” and I’m using the social media app “Snapchat” I choose to add my adventures to the local story.  Well, on this particular day it was the world renowned annual auto show.  

I NEVER get any views on my local stories, and I’ll be honest I can provide you with non-stop laughter during a random excursion in the city.

But umm…

Within 24 hours my video had been viewed over 60,000 times.

 

Seriously.

Snapchat: @Steelelens

 

SIXTY THOUSAND TIMES!

The worst possible video I could have added to the Chicago Auto Show story had that much viewership.  Now, what if I would have uploaded the best videos from the show.  I decided to add the best videos to my personal story. I didn’t display my best work to the masses. What in the heck was I thinking? I could have just added all of the videos to both!

I don’t know if you caught that lesson, but I sure did.  Someone is ALWAYS watching whether you are at your best or not.

Don’t be so pressed to just put content out there.  It can be a book, film, or even a snapchat video.  You have to always remember that someone is watching you, even if it’s one person.  You are making an impact in some way.  I’ll do better next time, I promise.  I’m still learning!

Be Aware…Stay Alert!
XOXO,

RJ

Will the gate (door) always be OPEN?

Will the gate (door) always be OPEN?

New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana

Can you believe it’s August 1st???  At the beginning of the month I like to make adjustments to my budget, and check my goals checklist.  What do I need to follow-up on, and what opportunities have I missed?

Yes.  You read that correctly, what opportunities have I missed?  Whenever I visit New Orleans I’m always fascinated with the rich history, but in the feature photo I was mesmerized by the gate.  The gate is open, right?  Could I take this picture if the gate was closed?  Well, I could, but that’s not the point.  If the gate was closed I wouldn’t be able to walk through the park.  Now, if the gate was closed it could also mean that I arrived to the park too late, and would be denied legal entry.  In the past seven months how many times have you allowed the gate to close?

Think about it.  **Jeopardy Game Show Final Round Theme Music**

Do you have an answer?  You can leave your answer in the comments section if you’re bold enough to do so!  Be accountable that you’re going to do better in the remaining months.

I would say that it’s happened at least a couple of times, especially with social media.  I can let an opportunity go cold because I didn’t follow up, and when I decide to reach out again, well you know what. It’s TOO LATE.

That gate may not reopen, and I simply must find another avenue.  It is life.  You live, and hopefully you learn.

A couple of weeks ago I commented on a thread on a Linkedin page about a podcast that interviews authors.  Well, I honestly abandoned the post after I commented because I didn’t get a response right away.  And then…I heard a clear voice that said, “go back to that post.”  I did.  The author of the post responded at the very bottom.  I emailed her, and she responded to me right away.  I received the interview information this morning, and looking forward to getting on her calendar in early 2017. (Yes, she’s that popular, and booked until 2017)

So, you see I almost let the gate close on that opportunity.  Who knows there could be some other opportunities out there waiting for me.  I mean I did have a dream that Oprah and OWN endorsed Adventures of Alleykats last week.  Anything is possible right?!  I could be on Ellen talking about my projects, and chopping it up with Steve Harvey about my purpose and passion.  Sky is the limit.

Just don’t let the gate close, and lock.  If you do look for another gate!

Xoxo,

R.J.