As some of you may have noticed, I’ve been using my Twitter account to share more than just some diabetes stuff. The reason is because I had a Twitter account that I used for business related stuff (@chris_stocker), but I didn’t really share that much on there because I spent all of my time on my diabetes Twitter handle. I decided that I am going to begin to merge the two together because we always say that diabetes doesn’t define who I am as a person, so why do I have my business stuff and diabetes stuff separated?
If you did notice this change in my posting, then you may know that I am a big follower and fan of Gary Vaynerchuk. This guy totally changed my life back around 2009 when I first started blogging. Some may think of him as a motivational speaker, which he can motivate the hell out of you, but that’s not all that he is.
A lot of his talking points are based around business, but more importantly, can be put towards anything that you have a passion for. For example, diabetes advocacy.
I am very passionate about diabetes. I think that we all are. In fact, if you are taking the time to read this post right now, you probably have a bit of a passion for it.
What I wanted to do here is share a few videos of Gary’s and how they can relate to diabetes advocacy and how they can help you.
Monday Morning Motivational Video
I watch this video every single morning. It’s the first thing I do every morning, because I take this mentality for every day of the week, not just Monday’s
One is Greater than Zero
The concept of this video is very simple, one is greater than zero. You can take this anyway that you want, but in the diabetes advocacy world, this is how I take it. Emailing or tweeting to just one elected official is better than zero. Creating a relationship with just one of them is a lot better than just doing nothing at all.
This last video is 15 minutes long, but it pretty much sums it all up. One thing that a lot of people use as an excuse for not being active or involved is because of time. To quote Gary, “we all have time, stop watching fucking Lost.” Now, you can change Lost to any other Netflix show that you are marathoning this weekend. But using the excuse, “I don’t have time to take action on these ideas that other people are doing. I have kids, I have a family, a job…” blah blah blah. When listening to him speak about monetizing, you can consider monetizing, responses from your advocacy.
I hope that just watching one of these videos helps you get over that hump that you may be at and take action.