Today, I want to extend upon my post from yesterday about gratitude. Today and tomorrow, I want to do a couple of gratitude posts on the blog. Today, I’ll talk business. Tomorrow, I’ll get personal.
I find it utterly amazing to be able to do what it is that I do, and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t feel gratitude for that.
Last week, I was invited to be interviewed in front of a local internet marketing group here in the Tampa area. I had around 25 people show up, some driving as much as 50 miles, just to come see me be interviewed. In the process, I had this guy raining all kinds of kudos down on me. It was weird, in all honesty.
I recently had the opportunity to speak at Blogworld, and to hang out with some of the top bloggers on the planet. The week after, I was in Phoenix surrounded by some of the top entrepreneurs in the country. Coming back to my local town again, I recently was able to help put together a dinner with Chris Guillebeau when he was in town for a book signing.
In short, I’m just beyond humbled that I am in the position that I am. I am routinely floored when I find out that this little thing I do from a spare bedroom of my house actually has so much influence outside of my house. I KNOW that so many others in this position feel the same way. Hell, there are a lot of people who have a LOT more influence than I do. I’m small potatoes compared to some. But, the very fact that I have it at all – amazing.
When people walk up to me at an event and already know who I am, I am still amazed. I’m not really used to it.
Really, I’m talking about you. After all, you read my blog, read my tweets, get my emails. I mean, if you guys didn’t pay any attention to what I did online, I’d be doing something completely different for a living.
It really is a huge case of irony. I mean, I was a big loner in high school. A socially inept nerd. I was afraid to wear shorts or even short sleeves for a couple years because of a fear of exposure. In a symbolic kind of way, it was actually a shield between me and the world. To fast-forward all these years and be in a business where “social” is the name of the game, where I make a living via communication and, yes, shorts and sandals are a basic staple of my existence…. MY! what a journey.
I’ve changed as a person since then. A lot of it is because of things I have done personally, while making a few leaps into the unknown and seeing that it worked out OK. But, a lot of it was fueled by the Internet. By people reading my sites. By you.
So, thanks for being there. My aim is to continue to help you guys as much as you help me.