Bring on the Thanksgiving posts! This year I have a lot to be grateful for. After suddenly being released from my job of six years with no warning, I hit the ground running in this new episode of life. I did so with the support of my friends and family… and an amazing community of people who wanted to see me succeed.
Today I kick off a series of posts about how thankful I am for my community of Twitter friends who not only are all about helping people, but came along side to help me specifically. There’s no one better to start with than my friend Jonathan Milligan… and as you read you’ll see why.
Thankful for the Blogger Who Helps People
When you’re a dreamer, pursuing your dreams can be a lonely pursuit because dreaming is dangerous. Dreaming leads you to do crazy things like quit your job, turn down promotions, sell your house, try and write a book… all sorts of goofy stuff. Unfortunately, too many have been spurned by dreams not becoming reality and thus give up on dreaming altogether.
In April of 2014 I began to consider what dreams I might want to accomplish. Because living the life of a dreamer is dangerous and lonely, I started looking for other dreamers who might want some company. There’s actually a term for this called mastermind. A mastermind is a group of individuals who have enough life in common to understand one another but are diverse enough in experiences to be able to help and encourage one another. While I was looking for my mastermind, Jonathan Milligan wrote an article talking about a mastermind he was a part of. I was intrigued.
I Reached Out to This Guy with 56K Twitter Followers
Imagine being in a stadium with 56K people all to see one person! That’s how many followers Jonathan has on Twitter. I reached out to Jonathan by sending him an email through his website. He emailed me back inviting me to do a Skype video to hear more about my story. I’m not sure what Jonathan saw in me that would compel him to spend an hour of time with me. Whatever he saw he found through my Twitter profile and my website.
Since that initial Skype call Jonathan and I have kept a good relationship. I’ve been privileged to attend some of his webinars and even purchased a product he created to teach others how create their own masterminds, the very reason why I reached out to Jonathan in the first place.
There’s Much Wisdom to Gain
Jonathan calls himself the Blogger that Helps People and it’s true. I’ve seen his Twitter profile and he is constantly communicating with his followers offering advise or resources. I see a lot in Jonathan that I’d like to see in myself one day. I continue to read his blog and attend his webinars because I know his wisdom and insight into helping people will drip down to me.
When I was compiling my list of handpicked Twitter experts, Jonathan’s name had to be on that list. “The Blogger Who Helps People” agreed to participate and I am pleased to include our conversation in the guide! What Jonathan share is absolutely invaluable to anyone who is willing to dream and stare into the face of danger and then say, “let’s do this.”