Being on the network ensures no value

In today’s networked world of the internet, Google, social media, e-mail, podcasts, blogs, and the list goes on, it is easy for others to find someone who is doing better work than us if we opt for mediocre or just good enough.

The best work we are capable of now is all that we can aim for and that requires us to focus on that thing and that alone.

Therein lies the paradox, we have the amazing opportunity of a potentially limitless audience for our work. However, the more time we spend in the shallow networked world, the poorer our focus will be on producing our best work.

Working in depth and with total focus on work that really counts is the skill that will enable us to survive the networked world and become valuable. Nothing of any great value comes easy or is produced without a deep focus.

Being constantly on the network will ensure we build no value.

Abandon social media

What if we all abandoned our social media for, say, a day? Weird, eh? Especially as I will share this blog on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn in about 5 minutes time!

Instead, we could actually talk to people face to face or pick up our smartphones and actually ring someone and speak to them in like a conversation type thing. That would be really weird, eh!

You know people do ‘dry’ January and don’t drink booze for a month in order to prove to themselves and the world that they aren’t addicted and don’t need alcohol to numb. Maybe we could have ‘drama-free’ Feb, ‘attention-seeking free’ March, ‘Twitterless’ April…and so on. We could go weeks without sharing a picture of our lunch. Maybe a step too far, now I’m being ridiculous.

The point is, as a reforming social media junkie, we just don’t need it as much as we think we do and there is a completely different real and amazing world occupied by wonderful human beings to be discovered. A place where we can have real and meaningful conversation, hugs, laughs, tears and so much more.

Abandon social media for a day, or a week or perhaps longer. Millions worldwide are. You can still read this blog directly, if you want.

Radical? Maybe. But just 10 years ago what did we all do with our hands?