“You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em,
Know when to walk away and know when to run.
You never count your money when you’re sitting’ at the table.
There’ll be time enough for counting’ when the dealin’s done.”
The Gambler- Kenny Rogers
I was nine years-old when Kenny Rogers released The Gambler. The first time I remember hearing it was during a performance on The Muppet Show.
At the time I never thought of it having any sort of message I could apply to my life. It was just a fun song that people would spontaneously sing and sing along with. Call it a piece of pop culture from my childhood.
That nine year-old boy dreamed of going to space and of playing left field for the Dodgers, but I don’t think he ever thought about a time in the future when he would find himself fighting again the Tyranny of Social Proof.
I define The tyranny of social proof as what happens when people use those inaccurate measurements to judge your blog and your knowledge about social media. It comes into play when you don’t get picked as a speaker for blog conferences because you aren’t seen as being an A-Lister whose presence lends more credibility to the conference.
It comes into play when you don’t get hired for certain writing or social media positions because people aren’t taking a serious look at your blog and are relying upon these inaccurate measurements to make a quick decision about you.
It is a bit like the Sneetches from Dr. Seuss. If you had a star on your belly you were cool and if you didn’t…well you just didn’t have the same juice.
A Good Gambler Picks His Battles
Those of you who know me best will tell you that I have a body built for demolition and not for grace. They’ll also tell you I am tenacious, stubborn and willing to take on any battle that comes my way.
Well, the advantage of not being 25 is I don’t need to prove any of that to anyone and I am willing to concede that some battles aren’t won by using shock and awe.
And that my friends is why I need your help. I am working on some projects that are going to require more social proof than I currently have. So I am here to ask if you would please “like” my Facebook page. If you are on Twitter I would love if you would follow me.
Your Comments Are Worth Something
The Triberr affect is starting to impact things here. There has been a significant increase in the number of readers and pageviews. I am grateful for that and for all of you who visit, but I am going to ask/encourage you to do something else.
Be a part of the community and leave your thoughts in the comment section on the posts here. Let us know what you are thinking. If you have requests feel free to leave them there.
We can do some very cool things together. The community is my ace and I hope it becomes yours as well.
I also want to extend my gratitude to those of you who are already fans of the page or following on Twitter. I appreciate it and I appreciate you.
There is much joy in the journey.
- “All that is gold does not glitter,
- Not all those who wander are lost;
- The old that is strong does not wither,
- Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
- From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
- A light from the shadows shall spring;
- Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
- The crownless again shall be king.”
- The Fellowship of The Ring- J.R.R. Tolkien