Friday, December 2, 2011

Holidays, New Year's And Social Media Madness. Are We There Yet?

I don't know about you but I'm really feeling great about my accomplishments this year and look forward to what's to come in 2012! Some people hate the holidays but I tend to enjoy them because it's the one time of the year were everyone is "encouraged' to be joyous and festive regardless of your race, creed or culture. For me, its not about gifts and what I'm getting/not getting but how the people around me are doing and are they enjoying life. In the last month, I've had some really great things happen in my life at the same time, I've had some people in my life go through some really difficult situations with family members and I'm glad I can be there for them because there is a Napoleon Hill quote, "If You Want Friends, You Have To Be A Friend" and that's so true. If you keep that philosophy in mind, you can pretty much make it through anything. 

December by far is the busiest month of the year for many reasons but the two I can think of now are Christmas (December 25th) and New Year's Eve (December 31st). We place so much emphasis on Christmas tradition, buying gifts, making fabulous dinners and in the process stressing out about not forgetting family or friends in the melee. Personally, I've never had that problem but people that know me...know ME. Everyday is Christmas, not in the gift giving way but in the celebrate life way.

I'm more into New Year's because I really take the opportunity to reflect on my previous/future goals, people that have come and gone, how I want to live my life, what's important to me (of course, having some fun in the process). Here's my New Year's resolution. To be resolute about how I live my life and improve my quality of life. How can I be a better friend, a better entrepreneur, a better family member. How can I live the life I was meant to have? That's my New Year's resolution.   

In the 4th quarter of the year, I've noticed an acceleration of all things social media. There seems to be a social media madness going on and it doesn't seem to be slowing down. Terri Colligan and Gail Huston of SourceCon put together a Slideshare presentation on "Managing The Madness In Our Social Media World in 2010". Even though this presentation was done in 2010. The principles and concepts of social media in this presentation from a couple of years ago still apply today.

In conclusion, have a safe and festive holiday where ever you are on this planet and don't forget about the less fortunate ones in your family, neighborhood or community. Get a friend or family member to join you in doing something positive for someone or a family less fortunate.

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