The Power of Absence

Jumping on a bandwagon is not a good idea. I’d rather watch it race by, out of control, until it crashes in a ditch. I’m thinking of bitcoin, or multi-level marketing (Ponzi schemes), or pet rocks, or all those derivative people who tried to create their own Chicken Soup for the Soul books, because they have no creativity of their own (Turkey Gizzards for the Epidermis) and never took time to realize that Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (both of whom I know) were brilliant marketers, above all else.

My strategy (and advice) is different. I follow no one on Twitter (which enrages some people, which makes it even more fun). I’ve never asked for any linkage on Linkedin or to befriend someone on Facebook. I would never appear on TED. I will not blog for Fast Company, or Forbes, or HBR. (Yes, I have been asked.)

We’re all weary of hearing “best selling author,” “sought after speaker,” “TEDxyz presenter,”  and “well-known blogger”

I refuse to join the herds. You should, too.

Ironically, by your absence, you’ll stand out.


One thought on “The Power of Absence

  1. This is such an important article.

    I was having a conversation (around “motivation”) with a private client who is a member of one Missouri’s top political families.

    He referenced the arrogance of Andrew Carnegie and how Think and Grow Rich was originally created for “the little people” of the world. “Let’s provide wisdom for the rest of them.”

    I find much of the work of highly popular “trainers” to be geared toward people who can’t think for themselves. I understand that many of their followers may be overseas, have a different perspective, etc. but most of their stuff is condescending if not totally out-dated and unethical.

    Programs marketed as “new” when in fact they date back to the 90s.

    Dead speakers who tweet daily apparently b/c the legacy is one of such gravitas.

    A lot of these guys traveled to 75 countries. They also had 150 girlfriends. Or maybe 750. You know, 10x it why not.

    Even the best authors are entrusting internet marketers with too much responsibility. I rec’d an email from a friend; he’s a WSJ BSA and the subject line said “We broke the computer…”

    What’s going on here? Who said this was o.k.?

    We need more Alan Weiss’ in the world and of course, we can all dream.

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