Many people have given me the same piece of useful advice again and again stating the point that in life you have very few true friends. Throughout my life I have interacted with many people in various environments the military, various corporations, small businesses, and geographical locations. I have friends from many nationalities and religions in general I have friends from various walks of life.
I appreciate the diversity of people I consider my friends and although I have many friends when I look at the ratio of People I know to the people I consider friends I can clearly see there are more people I have met and shared experiences with over the people I consider friends.
Many years ago I read Chasing Daylight a book which changed my life for many reasons. To give you a preview of one of the many things I learned from Chasing Daylight: How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My Life (amazon affiliate link) Gene O’Kelly (RIP) had a very unique structure in which he organized his close contacts which I have depicted it in the following image:
I thought of the first layer but from the perspective of 3 People I Have Shared Great Online Experiences With but I have not in person yet. Thinking of this 3 people I found the following things I have in common with all 3:
- I have never met them in person.
- I interact with them on various occasions a week.
- I admire the creativity and writing abilities.
- All 3 have their feet on the solid ground.
- I amazed on how they take complex problems and simplify them.
- They are all very Passionate of what they write about!
Here I are 3 People I Have Shared Great Online Experiences With but I am still to meet in person (in no particular order):
Rick is from my hometown of Ponce. He is one of the few digital artists who can make a switch to Graphic Designer providing great quality work. He is also one of the few business savvy extremely creative people I know. Rick delivers what clients need and gives them a little bit more. Although I have not met him in person he has helped me greatly with a few clients and was the creator of my logos for @cimapr and this blog.
Olivier Blanchard | @thebrandbuilder|
Olivier originally from France where part of my mom’s ancestors came from is also an ex service member of France’s Military forces as I was at one time a service member for the U.S. Military. I would call him the authority on measuring social media efforts and Return On Investment. I started reading his book Social Media ROI: Managing and Measuring Social Media Efforts in Your Organization (amazon affiliate link) in which I found the great surprise of being mentioned in the acknowledgments area with a few other great folks which I interact with online. Olivier has a unique way of creating a solution for complex problems. Learn more about Olivier and go visit his blog which is full with great resources. Don’t miss out on being the first to read Social Media ROI.
Michael Castro | @MichaelDCC
Michael is a teacher like many important people in the last three circles like my uncle, @lucymfel, and a few others. I consider him a teacher with new ideas teaching others outside of his physical classroom on his blog and via other online channels.
He is excellent at voicing his point of view online and also fearless! I would also call him the most loyal advocate towards the blog movement locally. He is not tied to any traditional media channels but I can say that he does have an engaged community. I admire his discipline and appreciate the kindness when he recognizes and creates awareness of local bloggers who like him take time in sharing information with our communities.
We need more individuals like @MichaelDCC locally so bloggers can have their voices heard. I recommend you to visit his blog and share the feedback you won’t regret it.
I have been very lucky to share great experiences with these 3 gentlemen I admire greatly and have never met in person. They are some of the individuals that motivate me to sit down and write on this blog. I appreciate the trust they have given me and would like you as part of my community to make them part of your communities.
Do you have any individuals that have impacted you in a positive way although you have not met them in person?
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