Top Ten reasons I should work for Hootsuite #1 – Me

Good afternoon,

I promised a surprise and here it is…

I don’t need this job.

I thought that I needed you to give me an opportunity to shine. When I am perfectly capable of doing that job myself. It is a really good feeling, knowing that. This feeling led me to think about social media as a whole. I feel like that the underlying message to all users of social media is that, you can do it. Whatever you want to do, you can do, you can find people you never thought you would, from the other side of the planet who care about the same things you do. Or they don’t care about the same things as you but help all the same. I want to be a part of that feeling professionally, and before this blog I was convinced that I needed someone to employ me for me to start working on it with passion. No matter where I land in the coming days and weeks I am going to remember the feeling I have right now, where I can smile and lean back in my chair knowing that it is going to happen for me, and that I’m going to help make it happen for others. The title doesn’t matter now, eventually I may become a social media evangelist, I can feel the spirit and I want to share that spirit with anyone who is open to expanding their world. I am strong willed, well balanced, I fight through my fears, I am physically and mentally agile, I give a lot, I think even more, I refine those thoughts, I am open for experiences, I listen to everyone, I am unexpected and funny and I work my *ss off to achieve my goals.

I’ve worked this whole week, trying to build up an audience on twitter for my blog. I’ve worked this whole week trying to write interesting, open, insightful posts. I’ve worked all week learning as much as I could about your business, and I’ve worked all week to put all of this in to the best possible package I could. It is, was, and will be a testament to how much I’d like to call Hootsuite my home, work wise. At the beginning of the week my focus was solely on Hootsuite, and it still is but through the work I’ve put in this week I have grown. The surprise is that I now know that if you do or do not read this or like it or discuss it among yourselves that it doesn’t matter as much as I thought it might. I will find work doing this. I am really good with people, and I know how to communicate with a purpose. These are employable attributes and if your company isn’t the one, someone’s will be. The surprise is that at the beginning of the week this was just an intangible dream something I might like to do, completing this blog today I’ve realized it is just the start. I’m diving head first into this world, into this industry and I’m not going to look back. It was surprising to me that I was wasting so much of my energy before this, I wanted to do a million things. While I still have a many interests, I am now focused on one thing and one thing only professionally.

I’ve wanted to tell you about all the little things I’ve been doing to help these here pages grow, but haven’t felt like divulging it all in this forum. If not now then when, here are some refinements in my process. I haven’t used #teamfollowback or any follower building tools except my own judgement. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with those things but I want this thing to be mine, something I’ve built through trial and error. Right now I am gaining almost 1 follower per tweet its a little more like 1.3 per tweet or so but its a healthy number. I’m picking people to follow who are into similar ideas, connections, positivity, technology, Vancouver, family. For them, like me it is a passion and a profession. I can’t wait to see how far I can take this thing. I was going to use Tweetdeck and still will after a break from blogging just incase you hire me. If you hire me I will get to know Hootsuite for sure, but if I learn Tweetdeck I will learn Hootsuites’ strengths and weaknesses compared to the competition as well. There is wisdom in that, I think. Someone wants that kind of thinking in their business. I would. I’ve learned about commenting with purpose on blogs. I have still a lot to learn but I know I will.

Regarding learning I have this to say to anyone who reads this, do what you are scared of doing and try your hardest and if you do the results don’t matter. You growing matters. That’s not to say you set yourself up for a fail, we should strive to win in any game we play in, but we can stand stronger in life by trying. It is actually amazing I think to put yourself in, to commit completely to anything, but especially something that makes you nervous. I will say this, if you don’t know how to dive right in and can’t find a reason to try, comment on this blog, tweet at me and I will help you find your people. I will help you help yourself. Steve jobs famously said the journey is the reward, and if that journey takes place inside your mind and heart or online it is that you take the trip that is what matters.

I’m in a different place mentally now finishing this. I needed a job at Hootsuite, now I’d like one. I would still like to trade my time and experience for your experience and knowledge, as I’ve made a point of saying many times I like what you do there. However it isn’t my end all be all as when I began this blog.

To recap the the Top Ten Reasons I should work for Hootsuite;
10 – I love the Hustle
9 – You Never Know
8 – I Read Everything
7 – I Do What Scare Me
6 – Big Thursdays
5 – I Talk to Listen
4 – I am Balanced Well
3 – I Refine
2 – My Will Power
and the #1 reason I should work at Hootsuite is Me. I am the reason. I mirror your company. You are young and fast, quick on your feet, diverse, expanding globally, funny, open, caring, so am I. We are the same.

In closing I will say this; I can create for myself, you are creating for yourself and if you would like to talk to me about what we can create together, give me a call. It will be a journey for everyone. Let’s go.

Thank you so much to my readers. I hope you have the best day you have ever had, today.


Top Ten reasons I should work for Hootsuite #7 – I Do What Scares Me


When I was a young kid, 8 or 9 or so, I almost drown. I was in a pool with lots of other kids, we were trying to see who could sit on the bottom. On my way down I ran out of breath. Like kids not knowing their own limits I tried to push further. When I looked up and saw how far down I was, I panicked. I swallowed a lot of water while climbing back to the surface. I coughed and shivered and wrapped myself and my embarrassment in a towel. I felt how kids feel when they are standing out and everyone is watching. This incident stayed with me for most of my life. My brother was a compeptitive surfer in california, My sister in her youth on the fast track to olympic level diving until an injury took her out. My family swims, well. I have done some pretty risky things in order to keep this fear of deep water hidden from them. The only one I’ll mention here is the surfing trip I took with my brother to the Canary Islands. I never told him that swimming in the ocean was and to some extent still is the number one fear I have in my life.


We went out several times, and he always went out so far and I tried so hard to keep up, the entire time basically having multiple small heart attacks everytime a wave would confirm all my fears. Since that trip I’ve yet to go back in the ocean. I decided last year on my birthday that this year I would swim in the ocean anniversary of my first breath in this world. Janurary 10, 2012 I got back in the pool. I am currently enrolled in swimming lessons, adult level 2.

Why is this relevant at all? As far as I know your company has no pool. Well I have started a few things in my time, one thing that I needed each and everytime I set out to start a new project was to acknowledge all of the ways that it might go wrong or all the ways that it would fail, but to ultimately do it anyway. I am compelled to think that this kind of thinking and acting is one of the most important charateristics in your company. I know there are many others that have value, but let’s talk about this one.

Yours is a new business just 4 years old, I’m not sure who was first to market Hootsuite or Seesmic. Either way there could not have been too many companies in this market space when you launched, how were you to know that it would be successful? For a company moving forward this far, this fast, fear just can’t be a significant factor in your thinking. It can be a motivator, but not a princial driver. This mirrors how I as an indiviual live my life. In writing this blog daily I have no idea if anyone will read it, if it will be good, if you as my target will even take any notice at all. It is hard to talk song long and openly about yourself without thinking you come off as self-centered or arrogant, especially with no respondents. I take my comfort knowing that I do this for a reason, not because I like to read/write about myself. If I can do this for ten days as good as I can then the result doesn’t matter. What matters to me anyway is that I gave this an stalwart effort, I’ve seen and read a lot about both of you Dave and Ben, I’ve listened to your music, looked at your pictures, and as much as this is a one way conversation tried to engage you in discussion. Do you like music? Here’s some I like. Do you like homemade content? Here’s some I’m in. Trying to balance a friendly and a professional tone. Like the two of you. Dave in your TDcanada video you come across as an expert but with the same level of openess and warmth that I found in speaking with you at the open house. I am not an expert at social media however I might be willing to say that I am an expert in people. I am a people professional, I’ve worked with them my whole life. In any number of very important ways that is your business, people. People I know.

Back to the pool, it’s so much like this blog. Maybe people are watching maybe they aren’t, my goal is still the same. I have since starting the lessons, taken my goals in water further than a quick swim in the ocean. Currently it is my goal to enter the first swim race I can in January of next year, and the year after that to win an ametuer swim meet. Same thing for your company I like what I read about Hootsuite and you Ben and Dave inspire me. I’d like the opportunity to get to know you both better, to learn all you have to teach. I want to be around positive open successful professional people because I see myself that way and now just need my life to catch up. I going to work in social media like I am going to win that race in the pool in two years. Do you know how I know? I do what scares me. And I do it til I am the best.

Thank you

Tomorrow Reason #6 – ….?

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