I'm struggling with something, and I thought I'd share it with you. This is something that is pretty personal to me, and I take it very seriously! So I decided to write a post about it.
I'm a Christian, and I'm an internet marketer.
One of the reasons I've been able to accomplish as much as I have online is that I've learnt from other internet marketers (although, that's not the only reason, as you'll see below). I've read a ton of blogs and books, gone through a number of courses, been mentored, listened to podcasts, watch videos, and done a whole bunch of other stuff to further my “internet marketing education“.
This has been a very rewarding process and I've learnt a lot about how to build successful websites, businesses and affect the lives of many people all over the world.
If there's is one “take home message” I've gathered about building a brand using a blog it is this – One of the keys to building a successful blog is to let your personality shine through. This is something that I've heard from a number of marketers, especially in the interviews I've done for my podcast – Learning With Leslie.
I know that this is true because when I think about the people I follow online, I feel as if I know them. No, I may not know them personally, but I have a good idea of the kind of people they are.
In general, they are people who:
- Think big
- Are willing to put in the hustle that's necessary to accomplish big things
- Like to have fun
- Care about building massive businesses
- Care about their subscribers, readers, listeners, audience, etc.
- Recognize that they don't know everything
But there's something that I'm noticing that is missing in the Internet Marketing scene, at least in terms of the people that I've come into contact with, and that is successful internet marketers who are committed Christians, and not afraid to let that aspect of their lives infuse everything they do online.
Why do I say that?
I remember doing an interview with someone (who will remain nameless). The interview was going great and the content was awesome. Then, halfway through the great interview that person, who I'd been looking up to for a while, just started cursing. At that point, my entire demeanor changed – not because I thought that this person was suddenly a bad person for cursing, but it brought up some feelings that I'd been having for a while.
I listen to a bunch of podcasts. In fact, it's one of the ways I learn a lot about the industry. Recently, I've been finding myself extremely bothered by the fact that the podcasts I've been listening to have become more R-rated in terms of language.
Is this a big deal? I know that most people would disagree with me, but I would say YES! Why? Allow me to illustrate with a little story.
When I first went to College, I was very excited to be away from home. It was party time, and I was going to be the life of the party. I had a great time, but soon ended up realizing that I needed to get my life together. I wanted to become a “better Christian” but couldn't seem to do so. I would try hard and then keep falling back into the sins I used to love.
One of the things that I struggled with was my language. I used to cuss up a storm, and I really didn't want to continue doing that, because I didn't feel that I was representing God the way I was called to do.
Eventually, I decided to try something different. I decided to change the music I listened to. No longer would I listen to Hip Hop. I was gonna listen to all Christian music (mostly Gospel and Acappella). Then after doing that for a while, I noticed something – I no longer cursed. Those words were no longer a part of my vocabulary, and it happened without me trying.
What I learned from that was the validity of the statement – By beholding, we become changed.
I realized that the more we let certain things into our minds, the more we become like those things. I realized that the shows I watched on TV so often, played a big part in determining who I would become, and that my actions were strongly influenced by the people I associated with. It's like this unconscious thing that happens.
So, I've been listening to all of these marketers who are awesome entrepreneurs, and I've naturally been coming more entrepreneurial as a result. For that, I'm grateful.
However, I've also noticed some traits that I don't want to see in myself, and when I sat down and asked myself where it was coming from, I started to realize that it was a result of what I was consuming on a regular basis.
So it lead me to ask the question – Where in the world are the Christian Internet Marketers?
Where are the men who are doing big things online that aren't ashamed to let their Christianity shine through everything they do online?
Where are the ladies who care more about helping others than helping themselves?
Where are the men who do what they do in a way that people can see Christ in them and be drawn to Him as a result of the business we do online?
Where are the ladies who do what they do not just for the money, but because they believe that God has called them to do what they are doing, even online?
Where are the men and women who live according to what the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 10:31 – “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God”
Why do I do what I do?
I do it because I truly believe that God has called me to do it – to reach the world with this amazing technology called the internet. My success has not come because I'm some kind of Guru. My success is because God has been good to me, and it's time for me to start acting like it.
I've rewritten my About Me page to reflect that, and from here on out, I hope that my blog, my podcast, and everything else I do will cause people to not only look to achieve more out of this life, but to look towards the life that is to come.
So where in the world are the Christian Internet Marketers? Lets stand up! Lets change the world! In our businesses, in our lives, let God be the one shining through us, so that as we build our businesses, we aren't only helping others be successful. We are also showing them that there's more to life than business, money and success. We will show them that true happiness doesn't come from those things, but from a relationship the man upstairs.
Take care, and God Bless!
– Leslie Samuel
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