When I qualified as a teacher in the 90s I knew that it was going to be tough. The hours and days that you spend just to make it through each week was phenomenal. To look towards a promotion or to make your career progress was going to take a big sacrifice.
In some parts of society there is a thought that success should be handed to some on a silver plate. That if you make it or become “famous” then you have made it. The followers of this blog will know my thoughts on those who clamber for fame.
I have been part of organisations and seen how people have worked for what they believe in. I have seen those who have put their heart and soul into their organisations and they have succeeded.
But and this is a big but, there are some who thinking that talking to others or networking isn’t part of making your business grow. I have people who are in the media and on TV who follow me on Twitter and from time to time there has been interaction. They have taken their time out to talk to you. Or they visibly have spoken to others. This is great for your ‘brand’.
In other words they are not sitting their with their finger up there ass on a pedestal. They are willing to give their time and effort to those people who put them there in the first place. They don’t neglect their roots and where they started.
Others who are starting off somehow neglect this. You want your organisation to grow get off your backside and work for it. Take every opportunity there is to promote what you believe in. This doesn’t mean becoming obnoxious like some sort of David Brent character. It means you are willing to open yourself to conversation and discussion.
It’s called work:
Getting back into reading and now that my attention span has settled. It is amazing what bargains you can find on second hand book websites. I picked up this Kenneth Williams biography for the glorious amount of 1p it was just the postage that cost a few pound.
My obsession with the Carry on films continues and even more so with the life and works of one of its greatest stars. This is the third book I have read on Kenneth Williams and it was good to read about what those who were closest to him remember about his often misunderstood and complex character.
I certainly see familiar traits and peculiarities in his attributes. A comic actor playing to the audience but racked with self-doubt and over-riding depressive tendencies.
I would have loved to met KW and was sad to realise that at the time of his death in 1988 I was living in London and could have unknowingly crossed paths at one time.
I do watch a view “youtubers” some have been good and some have been dreadful. I think being honest and open about your life is an attractive thing. Someone who is living a lie and hiding who they truly are is an ugly trait.
Connor Franta has been open about his life and has released a book about his journey in the twenty two years he has been on this planet. At times he gives his opinion and how he sees life. He challenges the reader to live in the moment and enjoy the things that are around us.
Some could be cynical and say he is cashing in on his status or just releasing a book like everything other Youtuber. I for one am glad that he openness and honesty seems to be genuine and he is allowing himself to be role model for a digital generation that are ever more surrounded by social media pressures.
I picked up the last book that seemed to strike a chord with me at this moment. Someone who had documented and spoke about his depression and anxiety so candidly. It was good that an ordinary bloke had published a book on his perspective of why you should stay alive. The biggest killer of young men isn’t road accidents or cancer it’s suicide.
The book was easy to read and I would certainly recommend it to anyone who has had or is having problems with depression. Everyone is different and it’s about finding the right treatment for yourself. If it medication then that’s good. If it’s yoga and exercise like the author it’s whatever works for you.
The key about treating mental illness is that you do have the power and the right to find what keeps you alive.
Most of the stuff that’s written on the Internet is bullshit. Yes that maybe a harsh way to start this blog but it’s true.
I have had the misfortune to be stumbling across some stories about youtubers that have been accused of sexual crimes. Not the greatest thing you want to read about.
There are always the people who will want to give their opinion and as I said most of it is crap. Sexual crime is a very serious matter. Those who are accused have to be guarded in what they say. I know this from experience. I haven’t talked about what happened to me over a decade ago. I couldn’t and didn’t think it was appropriate.
When someone accuses you of a crime it’s a very serious matter, especially if you are a position of authority or someone older who the person may look up to then the matter is treated as being more serious. It’s a fact. This doesn’t seem to be getting across to those on YouTube who have had fingers pointing at them.
Some have been accused of rape of children. Yet have carried on making videos and dismissed the accusations as a bit of fun gone wrong. Unfortunately if the authorities are informed of a crime is it their duty to investigate it and it becomes deadly serious.
I hope that in time the truth will come out so those who have suffered can feel they have received justice.