I’m not sure if you heard but social media is a big deal. And it’s evolving every five minutes. As social media has grown in popularity and impact, so have the number of mistakes entrepreneurs make, especially when promoting affiliate offers. Today and tomorrow I’m sharing the top 10 mistakes affiliates make on social media. I’ve purposely kept them outlet-neutral, since tomorrow there will be a new one and by next week something will die out. These apply to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and whatever pops up later today.
I’m not sure if you heard but social media is a big deal. And it’s evolving every five minutes. As social media has grown in popularity and impact, so have the number of mistakes entrepreneurs make, especially when promoting affiliate offers.
Today I’m sharing the top 10 mistakes affiliates make on social media. I’ve purposely kept them outlet-neutral, since tomorrow there will be a new one and by next week something will die out. These apply to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and whatever pops up later today.
I wanted so desperately to be a great leader.
I was 27 years old, leading a team of twenty people in a fast-growing start-up and I was responsible for about $12,000,000. Only two years prior, I led a team of exactly one (myself). Now, I was in over my head. The pressure was getting to me…and it showed.
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I wanted to be a great leader because in my 27 year old mind, that meant two things:
But I also wanted something deeper, something less tangible than dollar bills or a write-up in the local paper and a nicer office.
I wanted to be seen as the one with all the answers. I wanted to be seen as the problem-solver. If I am being 100% honest, I wanted to be seen as…perfect.
The problem with perfection
That’s where my problems began. Perfection, or more accurately maintaining the illusion of perfection, is a 24/7 job. It required constant attention, all of my energy, and a commitment to avoiding all things risky. It required me to avoid failure at all costs…or to cover it up well if I did mess up.
For some leaders, every mistake is life or death, or so it seems.
As a small business owner and having worked with numerous companies with 50 or less employees, no one has ever accused me of under-reacting to mistakes by my teams. In fact, when I first started as a leader, the “Wrath of Matt” was a part of company lore.
In short, I was an idiot.
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In my inaugural post, I wrote a sentence that I almost didn’t include:
“I have held trophies and awards with the same hands that have been handcuffed.”
Here is the story behind that statement and what I learned from it.
I’ve never worn an orange jumpsuit or actually spent a night in jail, but it wasn’t a metaphor.
When I was 25, a grand jury indicted me on seven counts of perjury. (Wow, that was almost as fun to write as it was to go through.)
I ran for the local Board of Education at the age of 23. In doing so, I was required to file regular campaign finance reports. I falsified seven of the reports due to poor record keeping.
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