Look Up, Be Bold, Go Together – 3 Thoughts for 2013

It’s the new year and I have three thoughts on my mind.  Thought I would share them with my fellow 8pm Warriors.

1) Focus on the positive stuff.

Yes, the economy has been bad.  Some places around the world, it’s still bad.

However, there are still opportunities everywhere if we take the time to look for them.  Focus on the bad things will only blind us from seeing the amazing people, places, and opportunities that surround us.

For every dark muddy mess on the ground, there is a beautiful sunrise if we just look up.

Keep your chin up.

2) Don’t be afraid to do great things. Don’t settle.

Just because nobody is doing it, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t either.  Don’t be afraid to be the first.

Stop writing, thinking, talking, and working like everyone else.  There’s a better way if we’re not afraid to be the first.

Yes, you may be wrong. But following behind others your whole life will always be wrong.

Nobody changed the world by copying others.

3) Don’t do it alone.

Amazing work is too hard to do alone.

You will fall…and when you do, you’ll need someone to help pick you up.

If you’re isolated and nobody “gets it”, don’t hesitate to use the power of social media and the internet.  You’re not alone, even if you want to be.

Let me know if you need help, feedback, ideas, encouragement.

8pm Warriors need to stick together.

 

A couple weeks ago, I got this shot of an old man walking on the ocean in Vancouver. He was alone.

In 2013, my goal is to do big, crazy, bold things. I’m going to walk across the ocean if I have to…but I’m not going to do it alone.

Thanks for a great 2012 and I look forward to getting to know you better in 2013.

Have a great year,

Aaron @Biebert

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How to Accomplish Amazing Things With Your Life

I know great people that haven’t done so well over the past five years.

They have no life insurance, health insurance, pension, or 401(k). They get sick, but they don’t go to the doctor. In pain, but they push on.

Some call them crazy. Others call them ignorant.

“Why work 80 hours a week for yourself to avoid working 40 for someone else?” “Why don’t you sleep more?” “Why don’t you get a stable job?” “Odds are you won’t make it anyway.” “You have a one in a million chance.”

The odds are against them. It’s true.

However it’s also true that the odds were against every single person in history that did anything amazing, brave, or beautiful. They were all crazy. They all ignored their odds.

That’s why they made it.

Their odds were one in a million, because THEY were one in a million.

They left the family business to pursue their risky passion for writing, like my brother-in-law. They took big risks in uncertain times, like my friend Claudia did with her dental practice.

If you’re still reading this, you probably have seen similar stories.

You might be having doubts right now. The last couple years have been really tough on leaders and entrepreneurs.

If you’re like me, you’ve had many failures. You’ve wondered if it’s the right course. Yet we press on.

For every “one out of a million” story, there is always a second person who had the skill and passion to make it too. They just quit too soon.

What makes for amazing stories, are the people who didn’t quit when everyone quit on them.  They are the Thomas Edison’s who failed 10,000 times to invent the light bulb.  They fight like Steve Jobs, who got kicked out of the company he started, but still kept on pushing forward.

If you believe in what you’re doing, do not quit.

That’s how you accomplish amazing things with your life.  That’s how you change the world. If you love what you do and passionately pursue it, the rest will take care of itself.

Have an amazing night,

Aaron @Biebert

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Learning From and Loving Internet Trolls

I’m not saying I like trolls (angry commentators on the internet).

I just wonder if listening to and loving trolls will make the world a better place.

Ahna Hendrix interviewed me last week and wrote a very generous biographical piece about me. I was very honored.

Then today, the editor emailed me this comment asking if he should approve such a nasty comment:

Joseph Rolland says:

“This guy is a fake, along with his media company. I just checked out his Twitter, it’t not hard for someone with a mild knowledge of modern social media to see that this man is nothing he represents in this article.

With a follow to followers ratio of 1-1 having 10,000 followers means absolutely nothing when you follow over 9,000….nice branding strategy Aaron? Not to mention the videos him and his company seem to be associated with (Corey Pieper) have purchased views, disabled statistics and minimal comment interactions, it wouldn’t surprise if the same was done for his twitter account. Not to mention on the Attention Era Media facebook page each post is followed up with comments from himself (he’s first to comment and like his own posts) comments from his partner Ryan and the few others that work in his company. Its the same 4-5 people on each post. Check it out for yourself on their page. Rarely is there a real interaction with someone who isn’t directly associated with the company. And to top it all off the quality of the work is not breaking any barriers and is hardly different then the boring media you get working with minor studios. I appreciate what this guy is trying to do but I just don’t appreciate an article like this promoting someone who is faking his way into things. I hope that people will see this comment and take it into consideration.”

I told him to approve it.

The comment wasn’t fun to read and parts of it stung a bit, especially the stuff about my team’s Attention Era Media facebook page (which was partially correct). However, stuff like this happens when you put yourself out there.

It is true that I’m not very important in the world.  That’s why I’ve set a high goal for myself.  I’d like to make a big difference with my life someday.  Obviously, I’m not there yet.

I appreciate Joseph’s reminder.

Something tells me that Joseph needs a hug.  I assume something is really wrong in Joseph’s life for him to take the time to inspect and analyze so much of my work just to write this sort of comment.  Maybe he was genuinely disappointed in me after reading Ahna’s article.  I’m not really sure.

Regardless, we need to look forward.  It’s Christmas and the beginning of a new year soon.

Let’s each hug a troll and help make the world a better (and more encouraging) place. Something tells me we’re gonna need it.

Have a  Merry Christmas,

Aaron @Biebert

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Google Loves Twitter Bio Links

Apparently Google really loved my link to 8pmWarrior.com I had on my twitter profile.

This is what happened when I changed it from 8pmWarrior.com to help support our video portfolio at AttentionEra.com.  I thought you might find this interesting:

Despite the link remaining on the dedicated 8pm Warrior Twitter account, traffic from search engines has almost completely dropped off from almost 1000 views a week (even though I wasn’t posting much) to basically nothing.

A couple lessons here:

  1. Twitter matters if you want web traffic.
  2. Community size matters too.  Apparently 2200 followers on @8pmWarrior isn’t enough.
  3. Maybe there’s something about having two twitter accounts use one link as the Twitter bio link.
  4. I probably need to post more and let sharing be the traffic driver, not SEO.

 

Let me know if you have any other ideas.  I’ve never seen anything like this before.

Have a great night,

Aaron @Biebert

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Thankful for the Bad Times

“That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.”

-Friedrich Nietzsche

I don’t need to list the many challenges we’ve all faced, but the last couple years have been challenging times for many 8pm Warriors.

We’re not dead.

We’re getting stronger.

That’s something I’m thankful for today.

Thanks for a great year of connections, ideas, referrals, and friendship.

I am thankful for you tonight,

Aaron @Biebert

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Social Media Myth Busters

My friend Phil Gerbyshak (@PhilGerb), along with some of his friends (including my buddy Robert Caruso aka @Fondalo), just produced a free e-book to bust a couple social media myths.  It’s called “The Naked Truth of Social Media” and I enjoyed the quick read.

Here are a couple of the myths busted:

Myth: Every business should be using social media.
Myth: Nobody cares what you had for lunch.
Myth: There is a “right way” to do social media.

Some of the brilliant myth busters involved in this project:

  • Susan Baroncini-Moe
  • Chris Reimer
  • Erika Napoletano
  • Brian Clark
  • Keri Jaehnig
  • Jason Falls
  • Tom Martin
  • Ari Herzog

They certainly provided some interesting viewpoints that are worth discussion.  If you’re interested in this quick read, you can download the e-book here at SocialMediaNakedTruth.com.

Have a great night!

Aaron @Biebert

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We All Need to Move Forward

Obama voters.  Romney voters.  Democrats.  Republicans.

When do we simply become just “Americans” again?

In a world where politics is always in perpetual campaign mode, I think it’s time to get back to business.

  • We have a major debt problem.
  • We have government gridlock.
  • We have sharp divides.

This is where leaders come in. Not just in the White House, but in your house.  My house.

Our government is a reflection of our society.  Yes, it’s divided. However, we have only ourselves to blame.

The acidic things I’ve seen written on social media channels about Obama and Romney are outrageous.  When did we lose our civility?

We’re not hurting the candidates. We’re hurting ourselves.

Let’s seek healing and unity tonight,

Aaron @Biebert

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Trailblazing is Lonely Work

Chasing dreams and pushing limits is not without sacrifice.

When you choose to do things that no one has done before, you’ll often find no one next to you while doing it. That’s the nature of trailblazing.

8pm Warriors will have lonesome nights.

Unfortunately, I have no clever solution to this problem. I see fellow 8pm Warriors suffering and I thought I would put this out there for you to discuss.

What can be done? Can anything be done? Is there a limit before someone burns out?

Personally, I enjoy connecting with other 8pm Warriors who are up and at ’em at night when I’m chasing my life goal by myself. Luckily I also have a supportive spouse and that helps too. Finding a life partner was my first mission.

Others adopt pets, Skype a ton, or bring a Google+ hangout with them all over the house.

What do you recommend?

Let’s battle loneliness tonight,

Aaron @Biebert

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