April is my birth month and I decided to compile a series of what Life has to taught me so far.
As a Creative, it’s difficult to manage our time, grow productively and balance our social media profile in an effective and efficient way.
By the end of this post, you will learn better ways on how to manage your social media life, make good use of your time and decipher the true meaning of growth.
What my 20s is Teaching Me About Social Media
When you’re in your 20s, you realise there will be always two kinds of people on your social media community:
There are people who came solely for the likes, comments and shares. The clicks on a Facebook post. The funny replies on Twitter. The beautiful Snapchat filters. The double tap of love on an Instagram post.
They see Social media as a game. They just came to “like” and “be liked.”
On the other side, there are the ‘serious people’. The ones who see Social media as a business or monetisation opportunities. They only came to boost their brands and advertise their business. To them, more likes should translate to more money. And more followers must convert to more customers.
Irrespective of which side you belong to, there is a common thread.
In my 20s, I have realised Social media is mostly “trailers” and “highlights”. Most times, you don’t get to see the boring parts and stressful behind-the-scene moments of other people’s lifestyles. You don’t get to see their missed goals and awkward tackles on life.
But that’s fine.
In my 20s, I am realising social media is a tool of amplification. News spreads faster. School girls can go viral. It is the word of mouth on steroids.
So what my 20s is teaching me about social media is simple:
Leverage SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS and USE it to your ADVANTAGE.
Surely, Social media has given everybody a voice to speak and a level playing field. But you must still have a skill worthy of mention. You must have values that can be shared with the world.
If it’s making people laugh, or sharing your dose of wisdom with others. If it’s sharing your expertise on a particular field or describing your journey as you learn something new.
When done with Consistency and Passion, people will surely come to watch you. They will definitely ‘like’ you and eventually give you money when the right time comes.
Whether as a GAME or BUSINESS, use SOCIAL MEDIA to your advantage, but don’t it REPLACE REAL LIFE.
And continue to cultivate positive and healthy relationships. Whether online or offline.
What My 20s Is Teaching Me About Time
When you are in your 20s, you have time in abundance. It’s the same twenty four hours for everyone, but you have more energy to stay awake. And there are so many interests, passions and causes that compete for your ‘seemingly infinite’ time.
Whether it’s launching a business, or growing your business. Whether it’s finding a job, or maintaining your current job.
Starting an NGO. Or being part of an NGO. Watching a personal development video. Or re-watching Game of Thrones. The options are limitless.
Then all of a sudden, your time now looks short.
There are some days I wake up by 5am, go to work, read voraciously, write over a thousand words, do an online course, sleep by 1am and still feel energetic the next day.
Yet on other days, I go out, gist with friends, and binge-watch an entire season of Netflix’s Umbrella Academy.
Does this mean I’m wasting my time?
Well, I don’t know yet. I’m still in my 20s after all. The Universe always have funny ways of connecting these dots and making them work for our good.
However, nobody had said on his death bed, “I wish I had one more day to make more money.” Neither has anybody said, “Damn. I wish I knew if Arya Stark really dies in the second episode of the final season.”
Let me drop a quick advice on what my 20s has taught me so far about time.
In your 20s, when making a decision about using time, remember this adage:
“Remember to serve the Creator in the days of your youth.”
When you remember, your priorities become aligned once more. Clarity, Certainty and Confidence will reflect with your purpose. And the daily tasks continue to flow with your goals and projects.
So that’s it.
My 20s are part of my youth and it’s teaching me how to manage time wisely. To use it for the right values and causes.
It always pays to make choices that will serve you well. Both now and in the future. Both in the present and later.
USE your TIME WISELY. Or at least most of it.
What my 20s is Teaching Me About Growth
In your younger years, You might be familiar with this definition of growth – “Growth is the irreversible increase in age and size.”
But as you grow older, this concept changes.
In my 20s, Growth is now the increase in character, competence and convictions. The attitude you exhibit. The passion and dedication you infuse in your work and craft. And the values and principles that govern your daily decisions.
That is all that matters to you, those around you, and your creator.
As I celebrate a new age, my 20s is teaching me that growth is not just counting the number of birthdays I have witnessed so far on earth.
But it’s also in the quality of my relationships – people above, below and on my level. Growth reflects in the influence I have over people and in the values I try to teach and learn on a daily basis.
The growth is also in the path God is creating for me.
“For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord. And He ponders all his paths.”
The destination may change. The career prospects may not be what you planned it to be.
But one thing is still sure.
God’s Grace. Dedication. Diligence. Perseverance. Creativity.
The principles that worked for successful people will still work for us too.
So Dear Creative, what has your 20s about Social Media, Time and Growth?
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