Everyone knows how I feel about social media. I wrote the first book on how to unaddict yourself from it. It’s called Social Media Rehab and you can get a copy of it at SocialMedia.rehab. Since I wrote the book, I have maintained a personal page for the purpose of trolling people to use as content for this project and also to manage pages associated with brands I own or am involved in.
People in general are ignorant about money, so it’s no surprise that generations coming up are having problems with it. It’s almost a waste of breath to even talk about it because it seems so basic to someone like me, but it’s really not basic based on the numbers. Bankrate.com says 68% of Americans save little or nothing. Yes, there is disparity in our country and in the world, but the problem is not that people who are poor that do not save, the problem is that people that have money don’t save either.
If you follow my content, you know that I haven’t produced a podcast in over 3 months. There is a good reason for that. I’m focusing. Social media and all of the media that this instant gratification culture consumes will have you believe that greatness is achieved overnight or the second you throw on a bunch of face tattoos and brand yourself.
I meet a lot of people who tell me "You're so Lucky". You're right, I am. I've earned the right to be lucky. I'm not going to go into all my stories of hardship because quite frankly, I don't want to remember them. I don't even really look at the podcasts I've done because that's where I was, not where I am. But for those who think they are so much farther behind than me, I am going to lay out a few things that may help. That being said, if you feel so far behind relative to your fellow human, here are some things you can do to get ahead.
The age-old problem. Nobody is paying attention to what I'm saying.I can definitely say with ultimate authority that this is the absolute worst time in history to try to be heard. There is just way too much noise. Even the noise is noise. Everybody's an authority, Everybody's an expert, Everybody is "so real" that they're fake.
Look all over the internet and you will find any kind of information you want about the music business and what you “should” be out there doing. “Play for exposure”, “get more followers”, “just become great and people will find or help you”. These are some of the myths perpetuated to musicians and artists that are not helping their causes at all. This podcast outlines some of these myths so that you can be aware of what could potentially be a pitfall for you if you listen to some of these myths on the internet.
Moving forward or evolution is something that most people will never do. That being said, you are at a tremendous advantage in every way if you do decide to learn from your mistakes and evolve as a person so that you can move forward. This podcast outlines the pitfalls and things that are stopping you from moving forward.
As you know, I am not a regular user of social media from a personal standpoint. If I am interacting with social media, it is for a business purpose such as paid ad campaigns or content testing that ultimately has an end game goal of turning a profit. That being said, I do post things on my personal page to incite reactions to see what gets people to respond. This podcast covers the results of my recent social experiment using my "It's Time to be Human Again" video promotion for Social Media Rehab.
I put content into the atmosphere because it's what I want to do. I know only a small fraction of what I say is being listened to. This is life in general. Most people do not give a shit about what you are saying or doing. This is why we create products and brands. We are creating a shell that puts our best foot forward so that people will accept us for what we are not.
In this episode entitled "Spitting Hot Flames" I get fired up about various issues on my mind as well as take questions from the audience. Syke! I talk about some of my blog post topics like The Myth of Viral video and even the Blues. Just another entertaining and enlightening episode from yours truly.
The mainstream music industry fucked up a long time ago for a variety of reasons. Mainly because its leaders lacked vision and were too lazy to make changes while they had a chance. Napster destroyed what could have been a lucrative market for artists because the industry didn't litigate soon enough.
I have been wanting to do a podcast on illegal immigration as it pertains to the United States for a long time. This issue is actually very simple to understand but people try to make it complicated mostly because they don't understand what's happening. That being said, this podcast addresses Why you should be terrified of the illegal immigration situation both illegal and legal.
You hear all sorts of variations on the statement "What a privilege to get to do what you love for a living!", when you are successful doing something that you like or may be good at. There is a lot of truth to that statement but it's a double-sided coin. That being said, here are some thoughts I have on the curse of being successful.