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I recommended blogging to a corporate client 5 years ago and he just looked at me and said “I don’t know anyone who reads blogs.” Nowadays, he blogs religiously each and every day.

I recommended tweeting to a client 3 years ago and encountered blank stares. Client has now more than 100,000 engaged followers.

I could rationalize these case studies as wins. But, they are not. They came around to blogging and tweeting not because of me. I recommended the right thing but I didn’t convince them. I didn’t have the right arguments. Stats. My pitch wasn’t good enough. Whatever.

There’s a difference between understanding what has to be done and convincing others. I knew what had to be done. But I lacked in my abilities to convince them. Don’t blame your clients when they don’t follow your advice. Blame yourself.

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“Take my word for it, a day in which nothing bad happens is a miracle – it’s a day in which all the things that could have gone wrong failed to go wrong. A dull day is a triumph of the human spirit; boredom is a luxury unprecedented in the history of our species.”

“Yet seeing one’s life as a story seems like nostalgic residue from an era when energy was cheap and the notion of the super-special, ultra-important individual with blogs and Google hits and a killer resume was a conceit the planet was still able to materially support. In the New Normal, we need to strip ourselves of notions of individual importance. Something new is arising that has neither interest in nor pity for souls trapped in twentieth-century solipsism. No loading times? It’s called life on earth. Life need not be a story, but it does need to be an adventure.”

Via Russell Davies and from Douglas Coupland’s book Generation A

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