So, awhile back, I became friends with a guy on Twitter. He had just bought a Canon 7D and from time to time would ask me for advice on various things about it.
Now, when that happens, there are a few ways you can deal with it.
Screw this guy (or girl) ! I don’t know them from a bucket of paint and I’m not wasting my time.
I get it. I am busy too. We are all busy. However, if you position yourself as a person that just constantly takes and never gives back, people are going to be less likely to help you out when you have a question. This is true in life and Twitter. I certainly am not suggesting that you should only help people because you want something back. Just try it every once in awhile. It actually feels good knowing you have helped someone else out. I know it sounds crazy but, I swear it’s true.
Spend every second of your waking life seeking out people who have questions on Twitter and answering all of them.
Who knows? Maybe you will become the most influential and richest person in the history of the world and people will sing your praises from the mountaintops.Hell, maybe you’ll be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. I don’t know anyone who has that much time on their hands. If you do. You need to step away from the computer and take a walk.
Go see what real people and that big fireball in the sky look like every now and again.
You do your best to help out when you can and you are not afraid to say when you honestly don’t know the answer.
This I have found to be the perfect solution for me. If i know something you don’t or have a helpful insight I will give it to you and expect nothing in return.
Why would I do that? I don’t know maybe I am weird. Maybe that’s just the way I was raised. My dad always told me, ” Take it easy on people. You never know what they are going through.”
I strongly believe that. You never know what is really going on beneath the surface.
I’m not claiming I’m perfect, I know I’m far from it. The key is: I genuinely try to be a good and helpful person. That’s all you can do really.
So who was the guy I was trying my best to help on Twitter. His name is Mike Collins aka @mikespins . You know what just happened?
He just hired me and Cristina to shoot a very cool documentary piece on an Inuit tribe 120 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Alaska next month. That in all likelihood
would never have happened without Twitter and definitely never would have happened if I had behaved like a jerk.
So the lesson for today: ” Don’t be a jerk and you will get work.” <--- Not really. It just rhymes and I kind of lost my train of thought, so sue me. Anyway, thats my two cents for the day. So, do everyone a favor, yourself included, and see who you can help today. Since, you made it all the way through this post. Here's a perfect example of someone giving back and helping out when they can. It's Patrick from stillmotion at it again. Educating and inspiring. Gotta love it.
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