I was watching a staff member of mine perusing Facebook and given her qualifications and what I pay her for, the subject of her enquiry — food recipes! — was definitely not great for my company’s productivity nor her individual advancement in her chosen profession.
Looking at her made me think about the old TV show Get Smart, where the star of the show, Agent 86, Maxwell Smart, would occasionally reflect on a baddie in the show, saying something like: “If only he could have used his powers for goodness and niceness?”
And while I see the value of goodness and niceness, it made me think, given the hours people spend on Facebook — at home and at work! — imagine if we could make Facebook time actually really valuable rather than primarily entertaining?
Imagine if Facebookers could be exposed to the smartest and most entertaining communicators in the world, like Tony Robbins, Seth Godin, Tom Peters and so on.
Imagine if people trawled YouTube, like I do, to find interviews/speeches from the likes of Sir Richard Branson, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Lindsay Fox, Rupert Murdoch, Imelda Roche, Gai Waterhouse, Chris Evert, Steve Jobs and what about Muhammad Ali!
Imagine if Facebook was used for something unbelievably valuable, such as sharing insights into how people succeed, building valuable careers or businesses, how they build wealth, create happy relationships, positive families and healthy bodies.
What if everyone on Facebook was encouraged to stop just gossiping, talking about what they’re doing, taking photos of food and basically summing up their ‘going nowhere’ life and substituted it with every positive, life-enhancing development that came their way?
I reckon we would create better employees, more successful people, smarter Australians and, person-by-person, we’d increase happiness and the quality of not only their lives, but the quality of our economy.
A Psychology Today report from University of California researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky states: “40% of our capacity for happiness is within our power to change.”
Sonja listed the Seven Qualities of Chronically Unhappy People and here they are:
The wife of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, who was seen as a visionary of her time, was reported to have said: "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people."
I suspect Facebook needs to swing towards ideas and away from events and people. Sure, there’s a place for events and people in all our lives, but I suspect that we’ve gone very long people and trivial events. Of course, babies and growing beloved children and their events can never be too excessive, but the point of this communiqué is to pose the question: “Could you be better, smarter, more successful, wealthier and happier if your inputs to the likes of Facebook were taken to a higher level?”
I suspect I won’t have too many smart people arguing with me on that front.
A few weeks back, I went to a Tony Robbins event where he appeared by hologram, which I have talked about in a previous blog. The impact of Robbins’ rev up has had an enduring impact on my productivity and this very story would not have been written if it wasn’t for me exposing myself to new ideas.
My websites and my total business from Switzer Daily to Grow Your Business to the Switzer Super Report, Switzer Financial Planning to Switzer Home Loans, are all about giving our readers and clients an edge to win and being better off, but I think it’s time I gave my Facebook page the attention our country deserves.
Lookout Facebook, here I come, with a pile of great stuff to make Aussies smarter, wealthier and happier!
It will start small, but it will become huge.
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P.S. Wall Street was up but no big news to report, so I thought I’d rescue Australia in the meantime!
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