Ray Allen Teaches Us A Lesson

Athletes and celebrities hold a certain amount if power or carry a certain amount of Klout if you will in the online space. They attract so much attention that whenever they post, they will immediately get blasted by haters or retweeted like crazy by fans. So whenever a celebrity uses social media to educate, I am always intrigued.

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Ray Allen for those who don’t know, is deciding where he will end up playing in the NBA and many basketball fans are wrapped up about exactly where. He gets bombarded day after day with the question of, “Where will you play, Ray?” Well, Mr. Allen took the opportunity to educate with an Instagram post.

It’s so easy to get lost using social media as a way to get attention not only from your friends but also celebrities who seem out of reach. But Ray reminds his followers exactly what it could be used for…

– Educating Yourself
– Making an Impact
– Connecting with People you may never have met

A hat tip to Ray Allen for educating all of his fans on just how powerful we ALL can be using the tools this generation has been given.

What celebrities do you like to follow because of their positivity? Do you mind sharing them in the comments section below?

Bonus Example: Selena Gomez

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MY FIRST POST REVISITED: Advocacy is needed for all things in life.

Wow. I just took a look back to February 2, 2011 – the very first post that happened right here.

What’s weird is that my quote of the day outside of my cubicle is from Henry David Thoreau:

photo (8)Have you ever looked back at where you started and thought about how things may have changed?

When you look back can you see certain traits and/or beliefs that have stayed rooted in everything you’ve done?

It’s kind of cool to see.  Sometimes in this crazy, busy world that has gotten even more cluttered since 2011, we get busy and keep our heads down to the grindstone that it feels as if we are just going through the motions.

This is one reason why I recommend laying out a personal mission statement or outlining your personal brand.  The professional world has changed a lot.

  • Everyone is always connected.
  • There is less FACE-TO-FACE interaction.

But some things have not changed.

  • You will be held accountable for all actions (online and off)
  • Results, results, results.

If you set yourself a core foundation of what you want to accomplish, then that can be your navigational beacon throughout your career.  My very first post was about advocating for my city of Indianapolis.  In the past 3 years, I have had the opportunity to meet a multitude of great people trying to do the same.

Back to the quote above. It is good to look back every now and again to make sure you are pointed in the right direction.

How have you set a core foundation? What has worked for you? I love hearing new ideas on personal branding. Share them below!