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Jun 08

Talking. About Everything.

i love stuffI like just about everything. I think everything is neat and that everything is fascinating to somebody. One of my favorite aspects to writing articles for the college newspaper was talking to the people who were putting on various events, or who were trying to start a club, or who were behind some sort of student policy initiative. I love this because those people I interviewed were passionate and excited about the work they were doing and I found it infectious. I remember I was doing a short article for the newspaper about a fashion show the Black Student Alliance was hosting. After interviewing the person coordinating the event about it, I really wanted to go! I’m not into fashion and I wasn’t a member of the Black Student Alliance, but the event coordinator was so energized about doing the event, about it’s theme and about the people she was working in it. It was hard not to be part of her passion.

I’m Interested in Just About Everything

This quality is a good one. I work for a news app that released its first vertical news app, Inside Drones, and we’re going to have two more coming out this week on two completely different topics. The week after or so, we’re going to have another two or three coming out on two or three more different topics. By the end of the summer, we should have 11 vertical apps out as well as our main Inside news app, all available in the App Store for people to download. That is A LOT of topics, and that won’t be the end of the line. The point is that being interested in everything is a good thing because Inside is going to cover everything ultimately, whether we do it in a vertical app or we feature the topic in our main app. My job involves sharing all the cool things we cover and getting people who love these topics into the right app(s). If I’m not interested in drones, then I certainly share the neat stories we feature or get drone enthusiasts using the app. They’ll be able to tell a mile away and they’ll just use a different app or website instead.

Right now, my job is primarily Inside Drones and the main app. But, come August or September, I’m gonna be doing this 11 times over across 11 different topics. So, really, my job isn’t for someone who has already decided they know what they like or who isn’t willing to learn about things they may have previously thought was gross or boring. I’m not lying. We cover EVERYTHING, which is a lot of things.

I Just Need to Start Talking, Reading and Writing

I just need to do those things and not be afraid. I need to not be afraid of not being good at any particular thing or of making people angry because I don’t talk about the things they want to read about all the time. I need to stop being afraid of being criticized or of crazy people threatening to dox me or send me rape threats or something. Talking, reading and writing, both here on this blog and at work. I think that’s really it. I need to do a whole bunch of little things, but talking, reading and writing are the main things. The little things can follow and can amplify the main things once the main things are actually on this blog and on the work blog and are actually being done.

As Seth Godin said, “the heart of real growth is a simple idea: people decide to tell other people. Start with that.”

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