A goldmine you might be overlooking: Facebook.
You’ve probably heard that Facebook is for the old people. The mummies and daddies plus your aunties and uncles and your village people. That’s why I left Facebook for several years and then migrated to Instagram( although the older generation is warming up to Instagram now, my mum is now on IG).
Instagram is a highly visually driven platform, so your visuals and captions have to be 100%. It is a place that actually showcases all kinds of millennial from the entertainment lovers to public speakers to firebrands and sex lovers etc. That’s the gist for another day because it’s important to recognize what part of the millennial demographics that you are a part of.
Personally which do you prefer Instagram or Facebook? I hated Facebook so much that I actually disabled my Facebook account because I didn’t like what I was seeing on it. I believe that we become what we see. However, now open my Facebook account several times a day, what changed?
I really love two things being able to receive value and being able to give value. By way of principle, anything that isn’t adding value to me is generally not welcome! That’s why I had to get off facebook, my timeline was the opposite of value. People posting poor quality pictures and terrible captions that added no value whatsoever. We become what we see so that’s why it is pretty important to be looking at the right things because our mind follows images.
I have been able to glean a whole lot from Instagram because I chose it to be majorly a learning experience. You might already be doing that but you can get more deliberate about what you are staring at. What I decided to do was to keep the right images in front of me. I sought for people who are already doing what I desire to do so that as I scroll through my timeline like many of us do several times a day. I get the mental reminder and permission to be great.
Think about one person around you and you would realise that the pattern is real. For example, a ‘Bola’ that spends all days looking at celebrities and watching keeping up with the Kardashians (honestly, I strongly do not recommend that show to anyone unless you are trying to become a reality TV star). Most likely Bola would want to be in a reality TV actress and a slay mama ( not like there is anything wrong with that, but we just need a healthy balance of those things put together). We look like the people we spend time looking at.
Apart from that, we get generally aware of the things that we are paying attention to. For example, you talk about a certain kind of wristwatch and all of a sudden you start seeing everywhere. Not like it wasn’t there before you just became aware of it so you started recognizing it.
So back to Facebook, I created a new Facebook account because I want to be able to get in touch with some people. In my opinion, you can learn a lot of things from people without meeting them personally. So when I find someone that is doing that I am want to do. I stalk them to the ends of the earth; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Vimeo everywhere. Some mentors are more active on Facebook than on Instagram. Facebook allows for a number of features that Instagram does not such as lengthier videos, text, audio broadcasts and large learning groups.
You might be really surprised how much content you can find about any subject of interest on Facebook particularly videos.
The goldmine on Facebook you might be missing out on is Facebook groups. Don’t be isolated. A lot of us are trying to do stuff and we are going to the trial and error figure it out on my own route. Being a millennial, staying consistent with a start-up, following your dreams can be hard. Many days it might feel like a lonely walk in the dark but it doesn’t have to be. There is an entire community of people on Facebook sharing valuable information daily on that subject. All you need to do is go on Facebook and search a group around that interest.
I have been able to learn a lot using Facebook groups. Also, they share a lot of opportunities for events, travel, funding, and training that you would get to know about if you join those communities. There are a number of groups I recommend that I am a member of :
And of course feel free to join my Facebook community here.
I hope you found this helpful.