I realized today that one of the biggest benefits of “Web 2.0″ is the breadth of incredible talent to which we are now exposed on a daily basis. It’s truly humbling. Humbling to watch people like @ambercadabra and @tommartin and @mackcollier and @edwardboches and countless others crank out incredibly smart, sincere thinking day in and day out. Humbling to talk to people like @augieray and @thelarch and countless others who know more about the web than I will ever know if I spend the rest of my life focused on it. Humbling to meet new friends like @tamadear and @katjaib who bring such energy, life, and passion to each post, each day. And on and on. #followfriday – all of the above amazing people.
This might surprise some people who have previously worked with me at agencies, but, I am hereby publicly proclaiming that I am far from the smartest person in the room. I’m still very confident in my abilities, but I see how far I have to go now, and I always will. Like me, you may at times think you’re pretty smart. And I’m sure you are. But always, ALWAYS remember that there is always more you can learn – no matter who you are, how your blog is ranked, how many followers you have, where you are speaking, etc.
I also want to take a moment to sincerely thank all of you – not just the folks listed here but ALL of you who follow me, or take the time to read my so-far-incredibly-average blog that I am learning so much from, or have met with me – because you add so much value to my life.
When I first started on Twitter, I saw a few – just a few – of the Social Media “Experts” copping such an attitude about themselves that it was a huge turnoff, and almost sent me running. If that is where you are, stick with it, it is well worth it. That said, I still get tired of the ‘tude sometimes, and I’m quite sure there are moments (hopefully not too many?) when I am guilty of the “holier than thou” syndrome myself. I’ve seen some Tweets that are so insanely self-centered and boastful that I wish to God I could post them without blowing up bridges. Hilarious stuff! “Did you see what so-and-so said about me?” Come on, seriously?!
What do you think about this? Do you see the arrogance that I see sometimes? Or has your experience been different? Who ARE the smartest people in the room that I should be following?