Lesson in Being Yourself

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I just watched a movie called “Talk To Me” starring Don Cheadle as Petey Greene from DC, who was a disc jockey back the 1960s and 70s (movie is based on a true story). He had a natural talent to get people involved and together, a talent to get people to listen. How many people listened? The Washington Post said that “when he died of cancer in 1984, something like 10,000 people endured freezing January weather to attend his wake, funeral or burial and say goodbye to the ex-con, activist and broadcaster who had captured their hearts.” This event was the largest funeral in Washington D.C. for anyone not elected to office!

So why did people love him so much? Why did people listen? People listened because of who he was, and because he was able to just be himself. He was able to talk to the people, as a person. Not as someone he thought they would want to hear, not someone who sounded like an authority figure, but as someone who was just like them. Unfortunately it took him sitting in jail for years to realize his gift, but nonetheless he did. Not everyone can do that, not even in a lifetime. (Please spend the 2 hours to watch the movie, you will be moved.)

Well, its not the 60s or 70s anymore, but it IS the age of technology, and that has given the average person an opportunity to have a voice.

Blogs, Vlogs, Podcasts, and Video Streams (like Ustream.tv) give people the same opportunity to say what they want to say and be heard, and have other people connect with them because they’re thinking the same thing. It’s a place to tell stories, a place to share ideas, a place to learn and grow.

I know that you know all this stuff already, that’s not what I’m saying it. I’m saying it because maybe you need to hear it again. Maybe you’ve been waiting to say something, or wanting the moment to be right. It won’t be. Ever. And even if it were exactly perfect, it doesn’t mean anything – you should have said it a long time ago. Do you have to go on a blog, vlog or video stream to say it? No, of course not, but you DO need to say it somehow, and to someone. Shoot, say it to me in the comments section! There’s nothing more refreshing than someone just being authentic.

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