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Sep 14, 2019 13:43:34

Surround Yourself with Hungry Fools

by @basilesamel PATRON | 233 words | 389🔥 | 437💌

Basile Samel

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Being a maker is a career. If you want to increase the probability of success of your project, you need people. The more people, the better. Owning a business is not hard anymore, anybody can be an entrepreneur, but it got way harder to compete for attention: how can I attract people to rally my cause?

Most people go for the big fishes in the pond: influencers. If you manage to get people with a huge following to become your ally, you can speed up your growth - in theory at least.

The reality is everyone is self-interested to some extent. Influencers have higher leverage, they don't have an incentive to help any nobody. They are obviously harder to reach out to and convince.

Don't chase influencers right away. Wait for your work to do the talk, your reputation has to precede you.

Instead, surround yourself with fools - underdogs whose work ethics are similar to yours, if not higher. Individuals who are crazy enough to get uncomfortable, make mistakes, and learn fast.

Find those hungry fools, help each other, make stuff together, experiment.

Even if you manage to onboard a great thought leader, a power relation will inevitably establish itself. When you spend too much time pleasing someone else, you're not making progress on yourself. Find your own unique voice, it's the most valuable thing you can offer.  

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    @basilesamel I like this article. Yeah, many people try to @mention influencers and add many hashtags to get noticed. This is 1. Annoying 2. Results in a bad looking profile. Why would anyone be interested in or follow a profile that's full of hashtags and mentions?

    It's better to engage with people with same struggles, produce good content for your current audience and get noticed gradually 💪

    Ali Salah avatar Ali Salah | Sep 14, 2019 22:40:05
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      @alisalahio Exactly! It's just screaming for attention, it doesn't signal much confidence.

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Sep 14, 2019 23:05:55
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      @alisalahio Exactly! It's just screaming for attention, it doesn't signal much confidence.

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Sep 14, 2019 23:05:55
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    @basilesamel I completely agree. One of the strategies for getting started in the blog world is to cater articles to influencers and try to get them to share your content to grow an audience. That strategy does not appeal to me. I'm fine with growing on my own by delivering the content that will help me find my audience.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Sep 14, 2019 09:36:15
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      @brandonwilson + I bet most influencers don't give a shit about our content if we can't pay them money for affiliate marketing :P

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Sep 14, 2019 18:50:44
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    @basilesamel "hungry fools" - love this! Very Steve Job-esque.

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Sep 14, 2019 21:35:35
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