Note, I couldn’t include all of my close friends in the image but just know that I truly appreciate your friendship
This is a call to all of my friends in the blogging community. I have grown up with all of you and have actively followed your blogs, read your amazing content, watched you start ambitious projects, and learned so much from you in the process:
- Greg Rollett is doing a fantastic job over at Endagon and Rock for Hunger
- Jonathan Mead stepped away from his full-time job and is now a full-time blogger and life coach
- Rebecca Thorman is kicking ass as the PR and Social Media Lead at Alice.com
- Monica O’Brien and Jamie Varon have started their own companies. Jamie is making a huge leap to Europe and Monica will be graduating her MBA soon
- Matt Chevy left his corporate full-time, moved to Chicago, and is now a household name in the blogging community
- Adam Baker moved to Australia with his family and has established a name for himself in the Personal Finance community
- Cody McKibben is living the location independence life and is pioneering the way for others to do the same
- Our brother from Argentina, Carlos Mic, started his own blog and has established himself as THE blogger in South America
- And so many more amazing people that I can’t keep count!…
It’s clear to me that we’re doing amazing things individually. Sure we have teamed up on a few projects here and there, but nothing on a global scale to dominate the social media landscape. Truly think about it: what if we combined forces and focused our efforts on one global project that would impact the social media community and do good for the world?
An even more important question is: Why haven’t we teamed up yet? What is holding us back from joining forces on one giant project and “killing it” online?
Why I believe it’s so hard for us to work together on one giant project:
Too many minds
“Mind the sword. Mind the people watch. Mind the enemy. Too many mind. No mind.”
I love this quote from The Last Samurai. It applies so well on so many levels.
“Too many minds” implies that we’re doing way too many things at once. Nothing could be truer for our generation. Just take a look in the mirror and ask yourself “How many projects am I working on?” and “How much time am I truly devoting to each one?”.
Let’s take me for example. I’m working on SocialMediaMarketing.com, Viralogy.com, and on a few other side projects with my girlfriend and friends from High School. With so many things on my plate, it wouldn’t be right for me to start another project with you guys.
I feel we’re all in this boat. If we want to work together on a giant project, we would each have to forgo some of our projects to devote the time necessary to create a successful company.
How do you feel? Would you drop some of the things you’re working on to work on a giant project together?
Battle of the egos
We are all very strong, entrepreneurial minded people. We have bold ideas, work well independently, and have been able to achieve great successes by ourselves. But that’s the important element that we must consider: can we successfully put our egos aside and work together?
Even more important: Who will lead and who will follow?
Every company needs strong leaders, and just as importantly, every company needs strong role players. I feel that with such an amazing group of minds, we would each want to lead the company in our own way and it would be difficult to put our egos aside and let someone else lead for a change. Who would be the CEO? How would equity work out? There are so many small logistical details that it creates a very large barrier for us to get together and all work on a single project.
So think about it. Out of our group, who do you think would lead? Would you be able to give up the leadership role to someone else?
What if we were able to work together:
The fusion of all of our personal brands
Each of us has established a solid personal brand that we can leverage to start a movement. By joining forces towards one goal, we could quickly scale the movement to generate revenue, build traffic, and get sponsorships from companies.
We have proven to be able to build a following online, write quality content, build startups, and establish authority in a subject. We are young, full of energy, and have equal work ethic so we’d all be putting in the late night hours to make sure we’re successful.
Yu-kai recently made a video about being a Laser instead of a Flashlight. By focusing our personal brands and our efforts, we would become a very powerful laser.
The voice of Gen Y online
Gary Vaynerchuk, Tim Ferriss, Peneleope Trunk, and Chris Brogan are all impressive, powerful, successful people. They understand Gen Y very well and communicate very well with us, but like I’ve said before, I feel there is a disconnect between us because they’re not a part of our generation. Gen Y looks up to all of them; however, who does Gen Y look to to find someone we can learn from AND who is our equal?
By joining forces, we could be the group that Gen Y looks to for support, advice, knowledge, and friendship. We’re already teaching and building relationships; if we do it together on one platform, we could reach out to so many more people and build a legacy that will always be remembered.
So do you think it’s possible? Can our group get together and work towards one ultimate goal? Would you even want to do it?
If you’d love to join, let me know and together we can make something BIG happen 😀