You know what feels great? Watching all these people in podcasting and on the web, seeing them develop and become successful, and being a part of that group. What an amazing feeling. Considering how great 2006 was, I can’t wait to see what will happen in the next 12 months. I’m exhilarated. Why? Because if it was possible for me, it’s possible for everyone.
If you decided today, you could make 2007 your year for showing your presence on the web. You could transform yourself from being a consumer to a producer of media and, I’m convinced, do a remarkable job in 12 months. How? Try these over the next few months:
Develop your brand
Maybe you should learn from Mao and his cult of personality. Consider what position you take on issues you consider important– then, find a way to make people think of you when they think about these issues. Take a strong stance. Educate yourself, then make your opinion known. Be bold about your feelings.
Become remarkable, the way you have only dreamed of being
Become a source of important insight and commentary. When you have a feeling about where things are going, say so. As this happens, people will start considering you an authority.
My friend Austin started his blog a month or so ago. Today, I saw him on Seth Godin’s What to read now list. He did this by creating things of note, like the Gifter.org project which, as of this writing, has accumulated 117 links on Technorati in less than a month. You can do this too. Become linkable. Follow the impulse you don’t ever speak aloud– or the one you can’t shut up about.
Branch out– a lot
When you get out of your comfort zone, your brain creates new neural pathways which can, thereafter, faciliate creativity. As such, even the most banal of changes can help you transform yourself and your life. Take a new route to work today, and tomorrow, write a long-winded, arrogant blog post instead of your usual short stuff. Read a book you normally never would. Change your diet for a week, just because. Make yourself uncomfortable– often! Doing so will transform your life, one step at a time.
Take part in the conversation
The number of words written on blogs every day is overwhelming and mostly inane but, every day, great people are saying great things. Find them, then get involved. It isn’t difficult or time consuming and, even when it is, it’s investing in yourself— which you should be doing anyway. So start today: add your opinion in the comments.