A story of inspirational leaders representing the shift that is taking place in the world

A short thank you note (before the story) to Brian Fanzo and Chris Strub for inspiring me, renewing my knowledge of the good that exists in this world, of the beauty and love that humans are and will never cease to be! You guys rock and I so love that your stories and voices are being heard!

I fell in love with social media because it allows you to meet and connect with people from all around the globe; and also because it gives everyone the chance to share their story, share the change they are making in the world, the love they have for life, the passion they hold in their heart.  Everyone has a voice and the opportunity to be seen on social media, which means they can inspire others and let the world know the truth.  This truth, to me, is that humans are giving, they are loving and they are all doing their best to live this experience called life, to give to one another and to live happily.

This past week I met a social leader that is true to the title, a title that society ascribes for different reasons and to people that aren’t leaders who lead from the pureness of their heart.  It’s not that these leaders don’t have good intentions or don’t do good; they do lots of good and inspire others to do so too.  However, they are where they are because of the right network, because their ideas were innovative and became trends, because they can lead where others won’t; they believe in themselves and their dream.  These are all great things because essentially thanks to them, others are motivated and moved (at the core) to take action.  But to me a true leader is one that believes from the depths of their soul that everyone can do good, that the world is an awesome place, that life is something beautiful that you cherish and that it can take your breath away, if only you look close enough to be able and see the hidden treasures it holds.

I don’t know about you, but I believe in each and every one of us; and it gets tiresome to see and hear of leaders who speak with an agenda, with a strategy, with an end game and not because (from their heart of hearts) they believe in humanity and the amazing beauty of this world.  A true leader has unconditional love for everyone, everything, and for life.  They’re not trying to become famous, they’re not trying to move others only out of the passion behind their belief.  Essentially, their belief is one that is tied directly to the greatness of humanity and life.  They speak to remind humans of how awesome they are and what they can do; what WE can all do, individually and together.

In the social sphere there are a lot of leaders who lead (the way) thanks to the passion behind their belief, but there are few who lead with belief in humanity and unconditional love alongside their passion.  Well, just this past week I finally discovered one that does just this.  I had never heard of him before, his name: Brian Fanzo (Twitter handle if you’d like to find him @iSocialFanz).  I was tuning in to an online livestreaming chat called #H2HChat and let’s just say that as I heard Brian talk, all I could think was, “Finally, an influencer worth the name! Finally, a leader who talks about the beauty of people and the world!  Finally, a voice that is heard and is saying WE not ME!  Finally, a social leader who reminds everyone about the SOCIAL in social media! Finally…Finally…Finally!”  To make a long story short, I am hopeful in this world having more leaders like Brian, more voices that speak up for the collaborative and giving nature of humans.

Added bonus inspiration to the week, the fact that discovering Brian and connecting with him on Snapchat, led me to the discovery of yet ANOTHER awesome social leader creating an amazing movement; his name: Chris Strub (Twitter handle if you want to connect @ChrisStrub).  Another person I had never heard, and that deserves the attention he’s getting.

Chris Strub Team Strub 50 State 100 Days Volunteer Making A DifferenceI haven’t gotten caught up on Chris’ entire story (just yet); but a short intro; last summer (2015), at the age of 29, Chris traveled the United States to volunteer with youth-related organizations nationwide and he live streamed his journey through all 50 states (there’s even a book).

Thanks to social media I was able to uncover these two hidden gems that reinforce and reconfirm the feeling I have of the love that is life and this world, and the shift our world is taking.  Thanks to them I am ten-thousand times stronger in my intent to say, we can all reach our greatest potential and inspire it in others.  And above all, we can make this world an even more beautiful place!  Always follow your heart, always believe in yourself and always, always believe in others and life.  You will never cease to be amazed and you will never cease to experience the beauty in life as long as you are alive and you see the love that is around you.  And when you are going through a rough moment or are down, regain your strength and inspiration by rereading a story that shows you just how amazing and loving life is or find one.  Although for now they are still somewhat hidden; if you look hard enough, you’ll find at least one, and that’s all it takes!

Thanks for reading; I hope this story has inspired you and will be one that can give you that extra support and strength when you need it 🙂

 

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A blab story to overcome not speaking up

A blab story to overcome not speaking up

There’s a new social media platform that I’ve found really amazing for the potential it has in allowing people to connect and talk about topics of interest.  It’s a bit like Google Hangouts, but better.  It’s called blab and you create an account by logging in with your Twitter account (so technically you don’t have to set up a totally new social media account).  It allows you to host your own blab, schedule blabs and participate in other blabs (live ones), but also watch recorded ones.  Up to four people can join the blab on video and talk, plus there’s a chat area where you can write and submit questions.

I was on my third blab on Saturday, it was held by Stephen Heywood (a podcaster, broadcaster and tech guru), who you should definitely check out if you’re thinking about doing a podcast.  On the blab there was also Brian Aldridge (a computer consultant); and the topic was around podcasting, as well as taking care of your website and setting it up in a secure way for your users/listeners (which is where Brian‘s expertise came in handy).  I’m sharing a bit of background to introduce to you two awesome people, who you will also find helpful if you are looking to do something related to website or podcasting/broadcasting; but I also need to share this tidbit to set up what I want to share in this post.  So please, bear with me 🙂

As Stephen and Brian talked about podcasting and site security and upkeep, I had a question that I posted in the chat; but as the conversation kept going, more questions came to mind.  I held back from calling in because I was concerned I might interrupt the flow of the conversation, but also because I wasn’t sure I’d be welcome.  Luckily, I love chatting and socializing; so I thought to myself, what’s the worst that can happen; they make it clear that they don’t want me there?  It’s worth a shot.  Additionally, the way blab is set up makes it clear that it’s meant to get people to join in the conversation; that’s why there are the four call in slots.  Plus, blab hosts can choose to lock the open call in spaces if they don’t want others calling in.

I called in and the conversation lasted quite some time.  In fact once it was over, I noticed that Stephen and other blab chat participants had tweeted a bunch of GIFs; you should’ve seen some of my expressions haha.  Anyways.  The takeaways I wanted to share through this story (experience) are a few that I think we face not only in a scenario like blab conversations, but also in life.

  • Don’t be afraid to join in on a conversation.  Whether it’s through an online chat or in a group situation, if you have something to say, say it.  There’s no reason why you shouldn’t, and even if what you have to say isn’t welcome, it’s not the end of the world.  Someone who will judge you for sharing an opinion doesn’t make what you have to say any less valid.  Furthermore, you never know the amazing people you could meet if you don’t try to interact with them.  I’ve found that most people are happy to engage in conversation.  The ones who aren’t, well, that’s their choice and you simply won’t interact with them following your first approach; but to miss out on the opportunity because of fear is a pity because there are a lot of beautiful people out there.
  • Genuine individuals who are just as interested in what others have to say and don’t consider others’ opinions any less valid than their own are all around us.  They are easily identifiable too.  You can tell by the way they interact with others and by how they talk, their choice of words.  The more down to earth, the more they are likely to enjoy others joining in.  Also, even if they are a leader or expert in their field, the true leaders will always welcome others to share.  They are a leader because of their support in helping others to grow and see their own value.  A truly knowledgeable person knows that every person has something to share, something insightful and interesting to contribute; even if they disagree with the opinion being shared.

Whether you’re looking to share something with a group of colleagues, superiors or peers; or if you’re wanting to interact with others online, like in a blab setting, don’t be afraid to do so.  Give value to what you have to say, it is no less important than what others are saying.  If you discredit your own thoughts, you’re really not being fair to yourself; and if you find a person who makes you feel stupid, it doesn’t mean you are, that’s you allowing someone else to make you feel that way.  As long as you believe in what you have to say, your words will have meaning.

How have you overcome moments where you want to say something, but hold back because you’re intimidated?

 

 

“Trust in your journey, for everything that comes your way will add something to your life…” ~ FNM

Human potential and social media are partners

My RT Tweet Social Media and Humanity - photo FNM

Today on Twitter I came across a post by @socialmedia2day that touched the very essence of what I feel the internet and social media is for humanity and the world:

Human potential and social media make a great partnership in bringing the world together.” ~ FNM

If we think about all the great things we can do thanks to being connected through different social media networks and the other tools we have to communicate with, it just touches your soul (well, it touches mine, that’s for sure).

I can think of at least 5 ways this method of communication and connecting has a huge impact on a person’s personal life and the world:

  1. Closer to loved ones spread around the world: You get to talk and see family and friends thanks to Skype, Gchat, and MSN Messenger (my favorite although it’s lost popularity).  Do you know how close and involved in their lives you’re able to be by making a video call? A lot closer, it’s as if you were next door. The only thing you can’t do is hug them.
  1. Real time responses/Immediate communication: When people wanted to send each other letters, invitations, important information it could only be done through snail mail. Depending on where you lived and where the letter was coming from you didn’t know how many days/weeks/months it would take for you to get that letter (even the possibility of it getting lost). Now we send an e-mail and the receiver gets it right away (or as soon as they check their inbox), they can even send a response immediately.  This makes it so easy for everyone to      stay up to date with daily activities, emergencies, needed information exchange and sharing documents or pictures. This is fantastic!
  1. Up-to-date on personal and worldly events: Social media networks allow us to participate in each other’s lives daily, to be up-to-date on world events and to share things that happen to us. It’s incredible that I can find out what’s happening in the Olympics via a Tweet or Facebook post, go to the link and possibly stream a live feed of whatever was going on that day in London.
  1. Sharing information, expanding horizons: Thanks to this new means of communication we are able to share thoughts, articles, and information across borders, countries and oceans; all of this takes place in real time, sometimes even as it is happening. Sure, sometimes it can be a problem with misinformation (like the erroneous rumor that took place a couple days ago about the Iron Lady passing away), but when used well and thoughtfully, as well as people not blindly believing every word they read, it’s a good thing. People from different cultures can be immersed in each other’s trends, ideas and projects; this brings me to number five.
  1. Learning different cultures and interacting with them: Thanks to social media and the internet the world is closer; we can interact amongst each other (even if in a virtual manner) and learn about one another.  Now we can talk to a person who is in their own country while before being able to talk to a person who lives in and is from France, China or Bulgaria was not possible, unless they left their country and came to yours or vice versa. By connecting with people across countries we can see our similarities, differences, passions and why sometimes we do the things we do.

To these 5 social media and internet communication impacts on our lives, add the fact that humanity is looking to grow, come closer together and live a peaceful existence enjoying life, the earth and each other, and we’ve got a great partnership, don’t you think?

[My answer: Yes, I do. As long as I focus on the positive uses of social media and the positive people who wish to make good changes. The ones who misuse this tool of closeness (that’s what I define it as since it brings us closer together) shouldn’t be allowed to penalize the efforts and possibilities it brings to the humanity and the world.]