November 20, 2013

I really just want to take a moment today to thank all of those who have supported me on this journey. It's been about 10 months since I got some hair-brained idea to start a blog. And in those 10 months I have met some extraordinary people and learned so much.

So to all of you have supported me, helped me, given me advice, listened when I needed an ear, and read and shared all my posts, THANK YOU!!!

I honestly couldn't be where I am today without you.

I've had an interesting couple of weeks that have shown me a lot about the world we currently live in. Honestly, it's been more than a little tough on me.

This post is going to read as a rant to many. However, this is my opportunity to clarify a little bit more about who I am and how much I sincerely value the good people in my network. These good people seem to be fewer and further between. However, I have come across so many of them, that I consider myself blessed to have them around me.

We live in a world where people seem only to care about themselves. They want to reach their "goals" faster and try to climb higher than others. And they are willing to step on other people, cheat, and manipulate others to get there.

Look at the Toronto Mayor. A man who publicly admitted to smoking crack and having a drinking problem. And then his approval ratings went UP 5%!!!! WTF?! We have CEOs and Corporate executives riding on the good work of their subordinates to garner themselves promotions while those actually doing the work are laid off.

No matter where you look, there is always someone willing to take advantage of another person to further their own success. And this makes me SICK!

You see, I am a "nice" person. It's just who I am. I don't enjoy conflict. I've had to learn to stand up for myself and voice my opinion. I would rather be polite and smile than tell some douche bag that he's being, well, a douche.

I want to believe that people are actually good people with good intentions. I tend to trust others more than I should and open up freely.

The downfall to this is that people think they can take advantage of me. They think that because I stand there with a smile on my face that they've "gotten one over" on me. They think that I'll be available for them to "use" to make themselves look better or take credit for what I do.

And even if I do look like I rolled over, because it's my job to do the work, that doesn't mean I don't know what just happened. And it sure as hell doesn't mean that I will continue to do it. There are other jobs, other clients, and other people willing to work with me.

I have had to fight stereotypes most of my life. Because I come off a certain way or look a certain way, I have had to fight to prove my value and my worth. I have had to fight to be taken seriously. Many of us have had to fight this same fight, though many for different reasons. It's a reality of the world we live in and I've learned to come to terms with this.

So I will work longer, I will work harder, and I will work fairly. I have to be such a hard worker because I have to work 10 times harder than these other idiots who cheat their way to the top.

I refuse to sell out and use other people to garner my own success. It may take me longer to get there, but at least I can sleep at night and stand tall when I achieve my goals.

Yes, it may take me longer to get there but I promise you, I will get there.

And this is why I want to thank those of you who have been there to support me this year.

Your comments on the blog, conversations on social media, personal meetings and phone calls have all continued to provide me with the motivation I need to keep on pushing. Those of you who have reached out to offer unsolicited support will forever be in my debt. Those of you who have become friends will forever be in my hearts.

I will pay each of you back in some way for what you've given me. But until then,

Thank you.

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  1. Rock on, Jenn! I totally agree with you and some people just don’t understand A) How to help people other than themselves and then there’s B) The people who don’t give enough thanks to those peeps who go out of their way to help them out. You are certainly neither of those, and it shows in everything you do. Keep up the stellar work! πŸ™‚ I’m glad to know you.

    1. Thanks Brooke! Thank you for your kind words and your continued support. It is an honor and a pleasure to have you in my network. I sincerely appreciate everything you do and I’m so glad to know you too πŸ™‚

  2. Oh wow, Jenn! So sorry to hear that you’ve been subject to someone else’s ego trip! It sucks, big time. I am always here if you need someone to listen – I hope you know that!

    I’ve found that you are an extraordinary woman to work with, a giving professional who shares her knowledge with others freely, is there to help whenever someone asks for help, is one who doesn’t “toot her own horn” far enough, contributes in ways totally unexpected, has exceptional customer service priorities, and who loves what she does, which is so obvious in all she does!

    No worries, Jenn. If you need more paid work, we can get you some…

    You know I’ve got your back!!

    1. Thanks Dave! I sincerely appreciate everything you’ve done and I enjoy working with you. Some people just don’t “get it” and aren’t very appreciative, but you are definitely not in this group! Thank you for your kind words and your endless support.

  3. Jenn
    I don’t know you personally and have not worked with you professionally ( I don’t have the means currently). But, I want to thank you for what you share. You are one of the few folks in this industry that I approached for some advice. You shared some very simple advice willingly and I so appreciate that. What I love the most is that you are real as you said. You took the time to respond to me and it was not a “canned” sales pitch response – it was you being real. You do not know how much that was appreciated.

    1. Thank you Cyndi! It was a pleasure to be able to help you and I’m glad you are a part of my network. Thank you for your message – it really does mean a lot to hear you say that. I hope things are going well for you πŸ™‚

  4. I’m pretty new to your site, but so glad I’ve found you. I love reading what you have to say, and feel like we would get along great IRL (if that ever comes about!). Thank you for taking the time to write and help me (and all of your readers) with what you know, have learned and share with us!

    1. Thank you Ann! I’m sure we would get along great IRL πŸ˜‰ And I’m so glad that you have found my blog and are enjoying it so much. This really is what I love to do and I love to share it with people just like you. Thank you so much for your support!

  5. Jenn, you are one of the few TRULY social “social media experts” I’ve met. You go out of your way to be sincerely helpful to your community, and I assure you, we appreciate you as much as you appreciate us! Those who cheat their way will never really reach the top, but I know you’ll get there. Keep doin’ what you do!

    1. Thanks Michael! You are one of the people I met near the beginning of this journey and I am so grateful for all the support you’ve given me along the way. I really enjoy our friendship and am grateful that we’ve connected in this crazy social media world.

    1. Awesome! I hope it helped you too, Ashley. We will sleep at night and we will succeed better and stronger. And the reward will definitely be sweet! Thanks for your support and I wish you all the best too πŸ™‚

  6. Jenn,

    Great post. I know how you feel, but, we never give up. Congratulations on your 10 months blogging. You are, obviously, reaching people. Keep at it!


    1. Thanks Mark! I’m glad you enjoyed it. It’s been a great 10 months and I’m excited to have achieved all of my successes to date πŸ™‚ Here’s looking to the future!

  7. Great post Jenn!

    I didn’t know you were only blogging for 10 months, but I’m glad I stumbled upon one of the brightest pearls in the sea of social media experts.

    Keep up the great work that you do!

    1. Thanks Sean! It’s been a quick ride and I’m honestly surprised at how far things have progressed this year. It’s always a pleasure to have your support! Thanks for your kind words and encouragement πŸ™‚

  8. Well said Jenn! I have run into the same types of things my whole life also. Conflict makes me cringe and effects my sleep and my sanity. I have come to realize that those that create friction or are simply “not nice” are not worth my time. As you say so well, they may think they have fooled me of their true intentions, but just because I choose to ignore them, that is far from the case.

    I now focus on the good people in this world – of which there are many. Just like in the news, it is often the bad that gets the press. That is what needs to change.

    Good for you for speaking your mind! With your belief in doing right I know you will succeed!

    1. Thanks Kim! You have always been such a bright light in my journey and your continued support is appreciated so much.
      You are absolutely correct. There is too much glorification of the “bad” press and people learn to use that to succeed. But they will not fool us and we will succeed!

  9. Jenn – I’m beginning to think we’re twins! πŸ™‚ Not only do we share the same name and last initial, but our stories and experiences are so similar. After being fired from a company in which I had dedicated hours of blood, sweat and tears to, I started on my own too, just a few months after you. I also tend to be viewed as a “welcome mat,” because I usually take the high road. Like you said, it may take longer to get there…but we *will* get there!

    You’re a great person, a super writer and I know you’ll be successful!

    1. The similarities are uncanny, Jenn! Thank you for your kind words and support πŸ™‚
      I’m so proud of you for reaching out and doing your own thing, for taking care of yourself! You are an extraordinary person and you deserve all the success that has come your way (and all that which is still to come)! We will get there, and be better off for it.

    1. Thanks Kathi! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed it. It’s a pleasure to know you too πŸ™‚

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