Social Media Fame: The New American Way

Yesterday, A friend posted that they unfortunately been laid off from their job. I reached out, but really had nothing to say outside of the standard cliche encouraging phrases that we all hear or use at a time like this. It sucks personally because I would love to be the person that sees a post like that and can then provide an opportunity for a friend instantly so they wouldn’t have to worry about the loss of their previous job. Then you don’t want to tell a friend. Be ratchet, be a T.H.O.T, get naked for the Snap or the Gram or just do some dumb ish and you’ll be straight. That sounds like terrible advice, but it’s actually the best way to grab fame and find your next career opportunity, no matter what field it is. Billion dollar companies are cutting checks to any spectacle in sight all for the purpose of having eyes on their brand. Fame has become a great leverage component. Possibly more than ever before if you want to do your own thing.

It’s seems like now more than ever the world is aware of the two aspects of the workforce. You either work for somebody or you’re working for yourself. And although I’m sure their are exceptions to the rule it seems that the “Great secure job” no longer exist. What is a great secure job?

Great Secure Job Checklist

  • Compensation that allows you to live comfortably
  • Inexpensive insurance that covers basic needs
  • Growth and Opportunity from position
  • Respectable work-life balance
  • Great office and company culture/ethics

I unfortunately don’t know anyone that is working for someone that has all 5 of these things. In my own personal job search and experience, I’ve seen very little respect for work-life balance and no real growth and opportunity. If you love your job/career choice than the work life balance goes as an unnoticed need. However, everything else, you definitely need to keep longevity in your career.

I understand the Entrepreneur boom. Sure it’s the new trendy buzzword and lifestyle choice, but it also is the only true way out of the rat race. If you can’t find a job or keep a job you have to create a job. If you don’t have job security, you will need as many alternatives as possible. Every business takes money so that stalls a lot of progress, but not every job is definitely paying you enough to live in your place of choice. What is an American to do?

We are in a time where being popular can get you the paycheck that you were told talent or a degree would. Pride and dignity are thrown to the side everyday for a payday, but who do we truly blame for that? This is also why Gary Vee’s “find what you’re good at” message is so powerful. Anything you do in the world can make you money. You truly do just need to find out what the thing is and as Gary says, “Double or Triple down on that” to achieve success.

I write this as a person who is trying to get back to earning a paycheck in the broadcasting field, yet working to get my brand as a writer off of the ground. I wish I could think of something dumb, disrespectful or ratchet to do on social media so an opportunity could be handed to me and I can flip that fame into something profitable for my family. You think I haven’t thought of stooping to the lowest of lows and “Sloring myself out” just to get some followers and likes on my accounts for the greater good? Well I have. My pride and the women in my life that love me are the only reasons why I haven’t done it. I’m sure millions think like that too. Because flipping social media fame to career success is the new American way.