As I scour the networking sites for more knowledge and information, I came across this LinkedIn post, Personal Branding And Identity: Experts Read Between The Lines, by Stephan Trano. In the post he discusses how presenting yourself in social networking can affect the way you are perceived and what capabilities you have. The vast majority of how people use social networking is worthless.
We are not at school but in a professional sphere. If you show nothing and wait for others to act, like or answer, you can’t pretend that you are proactive and that you are a good manager or a leader. If you overreact, take a challenge for an expression of negativity, “like” before you read and agree or easily applaud because others do it, you just show that your need to believe is stronger that your need to question.
I have have the tendency to ask my martial arts students many “bad” questions. The idea of “bad” here is from the likelihood of there being three or four different answers depending upon which direction my lecture is going. As with high school, there are always two or three that will offer answers while many remain silent. Recently, I have taken to asking True/False questions, instead. When I ask for a show of hands on each answer, I usually say “shame on you” to those who didn’t choose one.
If you build a very conform, consensual and featureless identity, never take risks, never engage, or frenzy follow the crowd, it becomes obvious that you are not outstanding.
The modern martial arts are intended to develop many things from improving personal characteristics such as confidence and esteem to actual physical self protection. One thing that gets lost in translation is the actual principles used to create these benefits. None of the benefits found in the martial arts are found from following. They only come from being the “doer”.
Even the Justice League illustrates that it is about the loyalty and credibility based on what you do and not how you follow. Those who work and think to achieve will never make everyone happy but their capabilities and skills will show the world who they truly are.
Author: Master Robert Frankovich
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