This is a guest post by Mike Loomis. Mike helps people launch and grow their dream projects, books, and businesses. He’s a strategic partner to bestselling authors, global ministries, publishers, as well as startups, and aspiring messengers. Check his website out here and follow him on Twitter here.
Are you stressed about growing your platform? No, you’re obsessed. Right?
Do you know the number of Twitter and Fan Page followers, accurate to within 3%? How many times per week do you check?
Michael Hyatt is awesome, and so is his book, Platform. Highly recommend it.
A friendly reminder
It doesn’t take 10,000 fans to be successful. And by “successful” I mean financially, as an author, artist, business owner – you name it!
If you’ve ever considered sending money to web sites promising “bombastic growth” or “Get a Gazillion Fans” I can relate. I’ve watched those free webinars and learned some valuable wisdom. But…
You can own a thriving online business and have nine Facebook Likes.
You can enjoy a stream of inquiries from your web site, and not remember your Twitter password.
It’s possible to get a two-book publishing contract, and not blog every week.
If you believe you need 10,000 fans before you (fill in the blank), maybe it’s simply procrastination.
If your business model requires three pre-scheduled Tweets per day – every day – then you might not have a real business.
I know people who are very successful, and have three clients. Do you have THREE people around you that you’ve helped, in ways that earned their respect – and their money?
How about twelve people? (You can accomplish lots of great stuff with a twelve person tribe)
Then why try so hard to connect with 10,000 strangers? Prove yourself. Get great at what you do, and enjoy your work, with the people around you right now.
Pay attention to your connections. Just remember, social media is a great place to GIVE, but it’s a lousy (and frustrating) place to GET.
By the way, I’m writing this to myself. Agree? Disagree? Just don’t Unfollow me, OK?