I got some great advice last week. I got it from people who know their — stuff. I really want to say the other word, but I’ll say stuff. It was a round table full of people who are hugely successful at this and obviously know what they’re talking about.

Does stuff really make the point? They know what they’re doing online. They could easily reproduce their success over and over. People like me who are too hard-headed to take their advice probably drive them crazy.

I Don’t Want to Change!

On the one hand, I don’t want to do it. I want to keep doing what I’ve been doing and hope something sticks. Isn’t that exactly the subject of the Einstein quote everybody likes to quote?

Speaking of that Einstein quote, people use that quote all the time trying to get people to change. But people keep on doing the same thing over and over again anyway. Nobody ever does anything different. That quote doesn’t work and we keep using it anyway. Who’s insane now, Al?

I wonder if anyone ever called him Al.

Hopefully, his consciousness was uploaded to a computer. Otherwise, he’s doing a lot of rolling over.

I Want to Go to Nashville for Coffee

On the other hand, I will have wasted their (the people who know their stuff) time and my money if I don’t do it. Plus, if nothing has stuck yet, will anything ever stick? Will I continue to be one of Al’s crazies?

Wouldn’t it be great to hear from one of them in a few months and they say, “Hey, you took my advice! Let’s meet in Nashville for coffee.”

I wanna go to Nashville for coffee.

What Did They Say?

I’m glad you asked. Here’s what they said.

My avatar isn’t looking for me. He’s out there. He’s wandering, drifting, lost, purposeless and creeping closer and closer towards depression. His wife is getting a little tired of it. It’s not that she’s uncaring. It’s that all that negativity gets tiring, especially when he doesn’t do anything different. She’s shared that Einstein quote so many times it’s getting ironic.

By the way, I guess I’ve done that much at least. One of my avatars is definitely male. And his wife is definitely concerned about him. I’ll talk to her if you need an avatar. I bet she’ll be glad to help. Maybe if he sees his wife being a good avatar, he’ll try a little harder. A good example is always better than good advice.

Respect the Ostrich

Did you know that ostriches don’t bury their heads in the dirt to hide? They’re turning their eggs. They leave their entire bodies completely vulnerable to take care of their babies. Respect the Ostrich!

The Good Shepherd

It’s not like I gotta be Jesus’ good shepherd and leave the flock to venture out into the wild for the one lost sheep. I sit in a room full of them every day. They see me. They hear me. And I’m becoming one of Al’s crazies.

Where was that sheep going anyway? Jesus didn’t say. The parable was all about how great the shepherd was. That sheep might have been looking for a better life. Are we sure it was even lost? Maybe it wanted a different life. Maybe it was running. On the lam, if you please.

So what is my avatar doing?

How do I reach him?

Do I just abandon him for someone who is looking?

I Have Seen the Avatar, and It is Me

For a long time, I thought I was my avatar. If not me, then my former self. I’m not though because I’m looking. I found a bunch of people whose avatar is not me (and who know their stuff), and they told me exactly what I need to do. Just like I’d tell my avatar if he’d just ask.

So here’s my advice for you, my fellow writers and bloggers. You may not want to make money at this. That’s awesome if you don’t. If you want to make money though, don’t pick an avatar that can’t pay for what you offer. And don’t pick an avatar that isn’t looking for what you have to offer.

Btw, Einstein probably didn’t say that.

He would, however, have encouraged you to clap, highlight and share. Anything else would be insane.

Visit Shayne at IndependentlyHappy.com

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