I haven’t even begun my twenties and yet the number of people that I’ve interacted with over the last couple of years blows my mind every time I think about it.
I received a nice, heartfelt email yesterday that reminded me why I do the things that I do.
I find it is interesting that you’re a CS guy, but still giving the time to discover the critical truth of different society issues. Speaking of unconventional ideas to express your vision and beliefs on this changing dynamic cultural, socio-economic world. It’s very fun and compelling!
Growing up, I was the kid that had too much energy, couldn’t sit still, and laughed at anything that made a noise. But deep down, I was afraid. I was afraid of stepping too far out of line, afraid that people wouldn’t like me, or afraid that I would become a failure.
In the beginning, blogging scared me. Just like how public speaking is one of the biggest fears in the world, I was also afraid of what people would think about what I had to write. I published my first few blog posts afraid of who would read it. The irony was that I wanted to build an audience, but I was also afraid of people reading it and disagreeing with what I had to say.
It wasn’t until I understood the value of being myself that I began to write more regularly and freely.
I’m sure that I’m not the only one who has faced these kinds of doubts and fears. Think about it, how many of you know people (or can identify yourself) in any of the following?
- I don’t think anyone cares about what I have to say.
- There are millions of people much better than me.
- I’m not a good communicator.
- I don’t have the time to share my thoughts.
- I’m afraid of what other people will think.
These little fears are thoughts that ultimately limit and paralyze you from doing what you were created to do. And it’s interesting that we are usually the ones that tell ourselves these fears. The biggest obstacle between us and our potential is usually ourselves.
I had to make a decision along my blogging career. I had to decide that blogging was something that I wanted to take seriously, and that I wanted to overcome my fears and put myself out there. I had to make the decision to become digitally extroverted (even though I’m an ambivert) in order to connect and build relationships with the people that I have.
And looking back, it’s better on this side. Trust me.
Leave a comment (or respond to this email) with one fear that you face, and what impact that fear has had on you.
One thing that business principles revolve around is the basic idea of providing value. All businesses revolve around the exchange of value.
Cost then, is merely the determination of value. If I price something at fifty dollars, that means that I am determining that the value of my product is worth the value of fifty dollars. In fact, by selling something for fifty dollars, that means that the value of fifty dollars is more valuable to me than the value of my product to me.
However, as Seth Godin comments, the internet age is now throwing a curveball into the game.
“In a competitive, undifferentiated market, the price will generally be lowered by competitors until it is just above marginal cost. Think about that… If it costs a dollar to make something, and your competitor is selling for $1.10, then in an efficient market, you have every incentive to sell your item for a penny less than that. It’s better than not selling it.
There are many implications of this, the first being the explanation of why so much stuff online is free. Free is a magical concept, the place where trial and virality live. If the marginal cost of a new user is virtually zero (and in an ad supported business, a new user is actually profitable, not a cost) then it’s no surprise that it’s hard to charge for your app when there are other apps that do precisely what yours does.
Big, established companies have traditionally had a difficult time understanding this concept. The market for ebooks, for example, ended up in Federal court because otherwise smart people in book publishing couldn’t get their arms around the idea that their marginal cost of an ebook delivered by Amazon was precisely zero. No paper, no shipping, no ink.” – Seth Godin
The reason that Facebook is able to offer a social network for free is because there is nearly no marginal cost for adding another user, and by adding another user, they have a larger collection of users that they can leverage for advertisements, publicity, etc.
As a new experiment on diplateevo, I have decided to give away one free book every month through a random drawing. It is called polyglot, and you can check it out here. I am doing this for a number of reasons.
- I want to provide a resource for people to learn more. By providing a free book, hopefully someone will be able to benefit from the wisdom written in the book. This will hopefully also be a way for my readers to expand their knowledge of what people are currently publishing.
- I want to experiment with the idea of giving away free books and see how people respond. I am interested to see what kind of community I can build by giving away free books, and have a better feel for what people need.
- I want to see how knowledge gets passed around. As part of the polyglot program, books that have been given out for free are encouraged to be continually given away and passed around for free. I am interested to see where my books will end up.
So go ahead and let all your friends and family know, and I will be picking the first winner next Wednesday!
I’ve always had dreams to change the world.
I’ve always wanted to impact people in a positive way, leaving a legacy greater than myself.
In 2009, I started diplateevo with the intent of writing content in order to help people. I started writing about education, technology, leadership, etc.
At first, I expected people to pick up my content. I wanted people to read what I had to share, and be impacted by the things I was learning the same way that I had. I thought I had something to share, and I wanted people to partake in it.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t long before I realized that I couldn’t be writing to get known. As counter intuitive as it seems, after I started writing for myself, writing about things to satisfy myself, that I finally began seeing growth.
My most popular post to date, my post on ambiverts, has gotten over 53,000 views. I wasn’t writing it to attract a reader base, I wrote it because I was putting a new idea into words.
I used to write for other people, now I write for myself.
Writing for yourself gives you the freedom to truly express the things that are on your mind, allowing yourself to be true to yourself. My measure of growth is no longer in the number of people that read my posts, but how I feel like I am developing personally as a blogger.
And even if it doesn’t make me famous, I know that writing about what is true to myself is always the best way to live. Even composers such as Beethoven weren’t recognized for their work until long after they had been deceased.
The point is to keep doing great work, especially if you aren’t recognized by people for it.
Growth should never be determined by how many new readers you are getting, but by how your work is changing to reflect who you really are.
Above is a brief interview I did with the folks at the I am a Hero movement, where I share about what I’m doing and my upcoming book.
If you aren’t familiar with the I am a hero movement, I suggest you check them out. Dubbed a worldwide movement of everyday superheroes, their goal is to freely give hope and inspire great things to everyone around them. They are about connecting real people and sharing real stories.
In the last couple of weeks, I have been working on making it easier to connect with Diplateevo and stay updated.
Subscribe via email with the new link in the header, and like the facebook page if you haven’t already!
A clean slate. A refreshed page.
It’s been about three years since I put diplateevo on the web, and now it is being reset and wiped clean in order to fulfill a different purpose. Beginning today, diplateevo is now a site dedicated to my portfolio and works, along with a blog which will be focused on technology, business, and productivity.
If you enjoyed the more spiritual side of diplateevo, that has been migrated over to my Tumblr.
Part of the reason for this move is that I want to be more intentional about writing quality articles that will help people, instead of posting random stuff that I see or random pictures that I take. I’ve got a number of posts already cooking, and that I shall be posting shortly.