Internet Communities, are they the future?
Hi there, its Dermot again.
The past weekend I was at a workshop hosted by SFM called the Elite Influencer. It was an amazingly powerful event for everyone in attendance and the facilitator, Justin, was remarkable and he did something that you just don't see that often anymore......
What Justin did was help create a community out of around one hundred relative strangers into one group of like-minded people who had each other's backs.
Now conventional society would look at this with very suspicious eyes, as in essence, each and every one of us in that room is in fact in competition, as we are all entrepreneurs, and aspiring entrepreneurs (like me). So we should be competing with each other for business, or should we?
There were absolutely no feelings of competition, envy, jealousy, etcetera amongst the attendees, all of whom are Marketers. Now we all know how big Ego's can get amongst the sales community, each wanting to outdo the other - competition. Been there done that and worn the T-shirt.
When I ask myself, Internet Communities, are they the future? What I experienced was only unconditional Love and support & collaboration, as everybody just wanted to help each other. The emotional charge there was overwhelming, to say the least, and although nearly everyone there subscribes to an SFM facebook community, most of us had never actually met in person. Like me, for many, it was their first event.
It gave me a sense of hope and realization that in this digital age we all still need a hug and person to person contact. I hadn't felt this sense of community since I was a child living at home, as back then we all knew our neighbors, we would talk to each other and God forbid, we actually used to visit each other's houses and yes even borrow sugar and milk.
Where Society is
I now live in an estate and out of about thirty houses, I know the people in four of them, and we only ever visit one, and they us. It is quite sad to see as I don't know the other people at all. We never speak, we never greet each other, and everyone has doors closed tight and curtains were drawn. Now, yes a lot of the houses are rented and many of the tenants don't stay very long, but even the ones who have been here for a few years are still strangers to me & I to them.
The kids do still play on the street, but I hardly ever see an adult out and about, even on good days in the summer, doors where closed, TV's where on and everyone was stuck to their smartphones.
I used to blame the internet for this, but now I am starting to rethink that maybe the internet can be our saving grace. If an online digital marketing company can bring together a hundred relative strangers, who never met, put them in a room and two days later we are all one big family, then there is magic there. Internet Communities, are they the future? Hell yes, they are!!
To Sum Up
My journey with SFM began, as being a father myself, I was terrified that the traditional 9 to 5 work routine would rob me of my time with my son's. Work time has already denied me the time to attend many of my sons' events at school, like sports days, Christmas plays, parent-teacher meetings, and after-school activities.
Now I'm not blaming my employer, as a job is a job, but these are family experiences that can never be taken back again, can you relate to this?
I remembered how my own father was caught up in the "Rat Race", and I never did see much of him as he was at work. 40 years he spent at the same company and retired with a handshake, which broke his spirit.
At the end of the day, he was only just a number and was replaced.
He sacrificed his life for a job which denied us precious time together, and now that he is dead I can never get that time back. I miss him every day also because I missed him every day.
I don't know about you, but I don't want history to repeat itself and I don't want to be just a number, replaced with a handshake if I make it that far.
I am sure you are aware that the "Job for life" concept is dying out. Like you, I am a parent, a spouse, a sibling and I have decided that my family have to come first no matter what. They ARE what is important in life, to me, and to you also, I'm sure.
Unless you already have a consistent income outside of work, then the digital lifestyle is one of the few opportunities you have left that can give you time and financial freedom.
Through Six Figure Mentors, I am learning everything anyone could need to know about internet marketing. If you want to learn what I am learning, then I invite you to meet my mentors, Stu & Jay, who are the "attraction marketing experts", by clicking the link.
We have put together a free 7-day video to watch and then the choice is yours and it's up to you to decide if it's for you or not.
Maybe I'll get the privilege to talk to you later.