I am excited to have Jared Latigo guest posting today. Jared is a husband, father and Christ-follower, whose passion is doing things right, doing things intentional and growing every day. He believes that we were all put here for an incredible reason and that our passions are a gift that allow us to fulfill a particular life plan. You can check out his blog or follow him on Twitter.
We hear all the time about growing our blog traffic or increasing our follower count so that we can impact more people.
That has some truth to it and we all know that leaders require people to follow them.
But they are ultimately just numbers. It’s like how money is just paper with numbers on it, it’s only worth the value we give it.
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You may have seen me blogging all over the place lately. That’s because I was on a tour to get some traffic to my site and share my message with new audiences.
I love my message. Maybe you do too? And it’s that very message that has allowed me to connect with people from many different walks of life but whom all share a common dream.
We want to change the world.
Easier said than done, I know. But it only took one person to start rebuilding Jerusalem before many others jumped in.
So like I said, I was out to reach new audiences. The response has been great and I’ve found a few people who might as well be clones of myself in terms of our dreams. That’s the really neat part.
What isn’t so neat is the fact that I placed too much emphasis on the numbers…and I’m ashamed of that.
It’s okay though, I’ve learned my lesson so life can go on as it was before.
In light of those numbers, I’ve come to realize that it doesn’t always take a ton of exposure to get recognition from someone. It may help, of course, but professionals typically see the person not based on numbers but based on their message, drive and character.
Just because you have 20 people reading you, doesn’t mean you’re saying things less effectively than the guy with 100,000. It just means you haven’t been around as long.
And this is where all the people jump in talking about those bigger people having more knowledge or experience or a more public-facing job…that’s no excuse for any of us neglect the use of our gift.
In realizing this, I want you to understand that anything worth doing takes effort. It takes time. Patience. Perseverance. And a slew of other things.
This is a hard lesson to learn. It’s hard to accept too even as we grow a little bit at a time.
But you never know when someone with tremendous value and clout will recognize you.
That said, we aren’t looking for recognition from this world but we still want to find people who think, act and dream like we do. That’s the value of a community and of real connections.
I’m not concerned about what the world thinks of me, but it certainly does make life easier when I find people who share my dreams. Then, and only then, will we recognize the value of each person reading, watching or following us.
The takeaway from this is to remember the value of each person. You can impact them immensely.
How do you let your community know that they are valuable to you?