I recently saw an advertisement for the XBox gaming system that essentially promoted this concept, “Life is short. Play XBox.” They kick off their ad with an incredibly profound premise, life is short, and then they follow it up with one of the most useless things that you can do as a result of that fact.

I actually own an XBox but I haven’t played a game on it in months. I don’t have time any more. Life is too short.

I want to be successful as a husband and father, as a cutting edge blogger, as a highly engaging social media figure, as a high-end website developer and more. I spend my time reading, engaging and studying…and I’m not even in school.

And as I do these things I find myself overwhelmed with a sense that I’m in a race. I’m competing to keep up with the ever changing winds that are shifting the trends of social media, design, and online interaction. I’m working to learn as fast as I possibly can.

My Twitter stream is an aid in that race. I don’t auto-follow everyone back like some do. I was doing that and I found myself with hundreds and hundreds of people who had used a bot to follow me and when I returned the follow I was left with spam. I don’t have time for that.

I constantly felt like I was digging through the trash can looking for a good piece of fried chicken. Every so often I would find it, but I tripped over a lot of disgusting trash on my way to it.

The 6 Personas You Should Follow on Twitter

I now basically follow only six types of people and I’ve listed them below.

  1. The Authority: If I consider someone to be incredibly knowledgable on a subject in which I’m interested, then I follow them. For example, to stay up to date on the latest news about search engine optimization, I follow Matt Cutts from Google (@mattcutts)  and Rand Fishkin from SEOMoz (@randfish).
  2. The Educator: As I mentioned above, I’m in a race to learn as much as a can as quickly as I can. With this in mind, I follow people who provide high quality sources of good information. I follow @psdtuts because they provide some of the best resources for improving your Photoshop skills.
  3. The Encourager: In any line of work, it’s important to stay motivated. The more excited and passionate you can become, the more effective you’ll be. I follow @TiaSparkles because there are few people who can put a smile on your face faster than she can. Surround yourself with motivated people.
  4. The Connector: Networking with other like-minded people is a powerful skill to develop. When you find someone who is truly good at it, watch them, interact with them and learn from them. I follow @NotAProBlog because he has fun and creative approach to connecting with people online and I’ve learned a lot from his style.
  5. The Successful: Growing up, I often heard the cliche that you either are or soon will be who your friends are. With this in mind, I work to surround myself with the most successful people I can find. I want to know how they think and how they make business decisions. I follow @problogger because I want to experience the same level of blogging success that Darren Rowse experiences.
  6. The Creative: Much of our success in life can be attributed to our ability to think creatively. As a website developer, I find this to be especially true. You have to be creative if you want to get noticed. I follow @abduzeedo because he provides some of the most creative digital art that you can find.

The conclusion is that I follow people who I know I can trust their tweets. I know that if I click on a link that they provide, I’m going to be brought to a resource that is absolutely worthy of my time.

Don’t follow someone just to grow your follow numbers. Follow those who truly inspire you and develop yourself as someone who is really worthy of being followed.

Nicholas Cardot

About Nicholas Cardot

It's my personal quest to enable every person that I can to unlock that dormant potential concerning their online influence. Also, I'm a geek.


  • Totally agree with you Nicholas,
    When someones follows me, i take a look at their twits, if the subject can be interesting to me, i follow them back.
    I’ve noticed that some people follows me and just a couple of hours later stops following you. One of them does this every 10 days. They must be using some software to do that.

    • I was auto-following people that would follow me and I’ve come to realize that like your experience, many people were following me using some automated software. They had no interest in following me. They were boosting their stats. Their automated software would follow me and my automated software would auto-follow back. It was a bunch of bots hanging on on Twitter. It was a joke.

      I really want to learn, grow and connect with real people. I’m a value oriented person. I need people that I can learn from and I work very hard to ensure that the information I share might be considered valuable to others.

      What’s the biggest lesson that you’ve learned about using Twitter since you’ve been using it?

  • You know what.. I’ve realized that if you don’t take total control of your twitter account – you can easily be drowned with worthless, useless crap…

    I’m not a big twitter user.. every time I go to my account I just check my @replies and leave..

    it’s just too crowded – if I have enough time I’ll probably go back and take your advice..

    thanks.. cool post

    • I guess that I use it a bit more than you do, but like you, I’m a big fan of checking the @ replies. It literally allows me to engage with anyone regardless of whether or not we are following each other. I’m constantly checking mine and I’m always working as hard as I can to respond to each one. A real conversation with @replies is worth so much more to me than an additional number on my follower count.

      Relationships and interactions matter…not numbers.

      • I totally agree with you on that point.. Relationships matter most.

        • Thanks Hector. I appreciate that affirmation. What methods do you use as you work to build relationships with people online? What have you found works best?

          • Funny you asked.. because it’s exactly what we’re doing right now.

            I find that commenting on other blogs is the best way – there’s too much going on on twitter (again, in my opinion), emails can get lost in the spam filter, but comments always get read..

            I STILL get as excited as I used to get back when I was only getting 3-4 comments per post..

            So.. yea, that’s the secret 😉

            Talk soon

            • I agree with you that comments are a phenomenal way to do that but I’ve also seen a lot of people who read that they should comment around to gain attention and build relationships and so they jump around leaving jump comments in an attempt to build friends and influence people and that is absolutely useless (I know that is a run on sentence…but I like it.)

              I believe that we should use our comments to build real conversations and not just to fulfill some textbook requirement to do it. I get excited about comments as well, but I get even more excited when I see people carrying on real conversations in the comments section with both myself and with other readers. When a comment section offers the option to reply to other readers, I love using that option. I love building a large conversation that includes everyone.

              • I know exactly what you mean. I see (and get) a lot of those comments myself. Comments that don’t add anything to the conversation. I was guilty of such ‘acts’ when I was first starting out, but quickly realized those “relationships” weren’t going anywhere..

                (oh.. and I didn’t realize it was a run on until you mentioned it.. lol)

                • I’m glad that you didn’t notice. 😉

                  People just need to stop worrying about the numbers and focus on the communication. That’s really what it all comes down to. People don’t really want the conversations…they just want the results.

  • Amen, I haven’t used my PS3 for gaming in almost 9 months. I also agree with Samuel that a lot of folks follow me and I read their tweets and if there is something to grab me yeah I will follow them back but it really has to grab me. When I first started I was following everybody but now I started using lists and only following those who interest me. I would suggest that you also follow @chrisbrogan and @nathanhangen as I didn’t see these mentioned and they have a tremendous insight that has helped me and my blog without even having to buy anything from them.

    • I follow both Nathan Hangen (and we chat in Skype as friends) and I follow Chris Brogan. I only mentioned a few names in this article to provide examples for each type of person that I follow. Both of them are terrific people to follow.

      I love gaming as much as anyone on my game platform, but I just don’t have time to keep up with that and with my goals.

      What is it that inspires people to mass follow everyone? Is this online adventure really just about amassing the largest possible number as our follower count? I just feel like that’s so shallow and that there is so much more to this thing.

  • Ron Leyba says:

    Good points are made here Nick! I follow same niche and same point of view peeps around me. I follow those people who have their own names in their respective industry as well.

  • Mike says:

    I’m liking the way you have defined the type of people you are following on twitter. It is easy to get bogged down and overfollow I feel. I only follow a few and find it hard enough to keep up with them. If you can structure it as you have done and with the focus of obtaining something of value from each person you are really making the most of this medium I feel.

    • Thanks Mike. You’re definitely right when you mention that it’s easy to get bogged down. For a while, I felt like I literally had no reason to look at my Twitter stream from all of my friends because I knew that 75% of the stuff that I saw would either be irrelevant or spam and I just don’t have time for that. I want real engagement and real value. I have to learn something or I’m not going to be the success that I have the potential to be and I fear the same is true for many others and I fear that many are not reaching for their potential because they are getting bogged down trying to follow the status quo and online etiquette that people seem to push on everyone else.

      What drives you to follow someone, Mike?

  • Katey says:

    See … we are on the same journey! I do the same.

    Ever since I have been in the Twitterverse I have absolutely refused to auto follow everybody back. I was once told by a Guru Social Media person (who is a dear and lovable friend)that they understood my want to grow my list ‘organically’ but the best way was to do the mass followings.

    I am a connector at heart and use to waste my time private dm’ing everybody to getting nothing back. So now I have an auto dm “Gr8 connecting with you. So I know you are real can you please send me a tweet ‘Hi @kateyshaw'”

    This helps me tell the people in it for hype or who want to make a connection.

    • That’s sooo funny. I was actually getting so many DM’s when I was auto following that I literally stopped looking at them any more. If you had sent me a real, non-automated direct message, I wouldn’t have seen it. I was getting dozens of them each day and most were just ridiculous spam. I’ve redefined my online presence to one that will help me to accomplish my goals of learning vital skills, of growing as a person and of connecting with real people who are moving up on that same journey.

      How long have you been on Twitter? How is the organic approach working for you?

      • Katey says:

        Slow and steady wins the race… I think I have just under 800 followers and follow about 200 people.

        My DM box is just like email. Though if you spam me I will give you one warning – otherwise I will unfollow you instantly!

        Been on Twitter for about year and half. I like the organic approach as that allows me to connect with people – I am not one to follow the noise – I like dancing to the beat of my own drum.

        How long have you been ‘creating transformation’?

        • That’s true, Katey. Besides I’m beginning to believe that gaining followers through an auto-follow system that it is essentially like artificially inflating your count. Do those people really care about following you if they demand a follow back to do it or do they care about the follow back that increases their own number? I’m afraid that their motives become clear.

          I want to develop myself as someone that is fun to follow on Twitter and that’s not going to happen by working to attract every bot on the internet to my account. It’s going to happen by educating, entertaining and engaging.

          I don’t actually know how long I’ve been on Twitter. It probably says somewhere, but I haven’t been ‘creating transformation’ that long. That didn’t start until a few months ago and it seems that every day I’m trying to challenge myself and my readers to view our online lives in the same way that we view our reality and that brings us back to this basic concept: relationships and interactions matter…not numbers.

          I like how you put that you like dancing to the beat of your own drum. That’s exactly how I feel.

          What do you think drives most people to shoot for bigger numbers at the cost of being genuine?

          • Mandeep says:

            Very insightful Nicholas! I think the reason people want a bigger following is to show credibility. If people have a greater number of followers (whether they are legitimate or not, no one knows) shows that people like that individual. However, I totally agree with you! It’s not the quantity of friends you have, it’s the value of each friend’s friendship that matters. Have you ever felt that someone was a popular blogger because of the number of twitter followers they had?

            • I think that you’ve probably hit it right on the head. It seems that everyone wants to be the most popular kid in the room. We want to have the most followers and we want it now. It’s sad really.

          • Katey says:

            Hmmm… What I have discovered through my career as a Virtual Assistant that specialises in Online Marketing is that most people are still trying to “keep-up-with-the-jones” modern day style.

            They have all heard the hype about Twitter and advertisers have done their job in creating a ‘perceived’ need for thousands of followers.

            What the businesses have forgotten is the basics of marketing – WHO (is your ideal client) WHAT(do they need)WHEN (do they need it) WHERE (are they located) WHY (should they buy you) & HOW (can you help them)

            It’s sad as you said – because what they don’t realise is people don’t really care about you until you care about them first.

            • Mandeep says:

              I don’t think it’s sad but, rather just a matter of not thinking clearly. Building credibility is a huge part of a successful business. Most people try to take the shortcut. What they don’t realize is that at that point they are only playing games, and not being serious. I have tried many different business models at a very young age, and the things I have learned in Blogging, I would not have learned anywhere else. As it allows you to connect with like minded-people on a regular basis.

  • Kathy says:

    I usually follow the successful and the authorities hoping that they will be educators.

    Anyone that I can find who is going to provide me consistant value over time is worth following in my opinion. I like the way you separated them by personas.

    • I agree with you, Kathy, that very often the different categories often bleed into each other especially the successful, the authorities, and the educators as you mentioned. Kathy, who would you say you’ve learned the most from on Twitter?

      • Kathy says:

        I am a huge follower of Matt Cutts because of how important his business is to mine. Therefore, of everyone I follow, he is probably the one I have learned from the most. I try to read between the lines of things he talks about and figure out how they apply to my business.

        Of the people you mentioned in your post, I would say that Rand Fishkin is probably the person there that I have learned the most from following.

        • I follow both of those individuals and I agree that they are definitely a tremendous source of information and, like you, I try to read between the lines on everything that Matt Says also. So is it safe to assume that your line of work includes search engine optimization?

          • Kathy says:

            You are correct sir. I eat, drink and breathe SEO. Getting good at it is like learning an exceptionally valuable trade that very few people are really that good at. I think once you get to a certain point with it, you can essentially write your own paycheck. The sky is the limit because of the incredible demand for it now and even more so in the future.

            • I don’t want to put you on the spot, but I would love to invite you to write an SEO article for the readers here. Just know that this invitation is always open for you. I know that I always enjoy learning about that subject.

              • Kathy says:


                Thanks for the offer. I have not done any guest posting to promote my KathyBlogger blog just yet. When the time comes I just might take you up on that offer. I appreciate the generosity and hope the offer is still good when that time comes.

  • Derek Jensen says:

    These 6 personalities are very well defined and are you I all strive to follow as well. This is where the list feature of Twitter has really helped me to organize these kinds of people or places to follow. Some days if I want to get creative on design I have lists for those.

    Additionally, I have lists and personalities that are solely there to add inspiration to what I ultimately want to do online.

  • Nadia says:

    I’m with you Nic. I’m cleaning up my “followings”, don’t go to twitter that much anymore and check my @replies too. I don’t have a lot of time to read the tweets anyway. So, I like quality and real interaction. And, I never answer to the ppl who say “hello. thanks for the follow. here is a link”. That is all automated, stinks fake and lacks consideration. But I’m always wondering how I can give back to the ppl who are real go-givers. I know so little compared to them…

    • Hey Nadia! I haven’t spoken to you in a couple weeks and it’s really great to hear from you. How is everything going?

      The way you refer to those people who bombard you with sentiments like “Hello. Thanks for the follow. Here is a link” describes perfectly how I feel about them. I’m tired of those times of interactions. I don’t want to talk to your Twitter account or to a piece of software running it. I want to talk to you.

      I’ve often wondered. I’m thankful for people following me but does thanks extend beyond what you know? If the person never sees you, hears from you, and never sees your tweets, are they really thankful? Their bot sends the thank you and the link, but that person may not even know that I’m following them yet and they may not even know if I am worthy of their thanks. I could be running a website for serial killers and they just thanked me for following them. This automated spam is just out of control.

      I guess what I’m saying is that I would rather hear 1 thank you from a real person than 100 thank you’s generated by a piece of software acting on your behalf. When I know that it’s from you, that you know who I am, that we have a real connection…then it means something.

      Sorry for rambling…

      • Nadia says:

        ok, you’re not rambling LOL. I know what you mean. Most of the time also when I come across the comments on your blog, I find interesting people and start to follow them or go to their website or find them on FB. I also love your lounge on Twitter (the word “lounge” well describes my laziness LOL). Please stay as you are (rambling and all) because that it the real way you provide value in the bloggers’ world.

        • Nadia, this will probably sound self-serving but it’s true of me…I love the comments on this blog. I actually feel very blessed by what I see in here almost every day. I used to really care about comments and now I really care about conversation and since I had that shift in my mindset, I’ve noticed that both comments and conversation have gone up. You’ll notice that I almost never thank people for their comments. I try to thank people by spending the time to actually respond with what I feel is real conversation…but I digress…I also feel the same way about the Lounge. I love real conversation.

  • Tsizzle says:

    Life is tooo short to do anything that you don’t want to do( within reason).

    The mighty climb to be mighty at anything is infinite. Life is too short not to stay steady for a bit.

    Got kids? Life is too short not to spend every second you can with them.

    Got a spouse or other? Life is too short not to make them feel special every chance you get.

    Love twitter? If that’s your thing life is too short not to be twittering. Or tweeting?

    Can I have your Xbox?

    Love the site.

  • Really great post Nick,

    I love following the authority and the successful because I can learn a lot from them which I can in turn use to get to their status.

    This post rocks!

    • Onibalusi, that’s exactly what I want to do. I want to move into the same status that they’re in and that dream isn’t going to happen overnight or by accident. It’s going to require and intentional daily journey in the direction that they are. We should be following these people for the exact same reasons that you’ve mentioned…for personal growth. Who would you say that you’ve learned the most from online? Who would you say that you follow who is the most successful at what they do?

      • Yeah Nick,

        I have learned a lot from Steve Pavlina and Brain Clark from copyblogger (I find it difficult not to read his posts, it is full of great advice), Steve was the one who inspired me to start blogging so I’ve learned a great deal from him.

  • Sandy says:

    Nicholas, that is why I follow you. I have gotten so much USEFUL information in the short time I have subscribed. To maintain somewhat control over my Twitter account, I use igoogle homepage with the twitter gadget, then block twitterers who tweet WAY too much clogging up my view from the really important stuff – but after reading your post, I may glean my following to just the useful ones.
    Thanks for your posts!!

    • I’ve actually had some people yelling at me for not auto-following everyone anymore and for cleaning up my followers but the truth is that I don’t regret unfollowing people… I regret following many of them in the first place. My twitter stream was 100% useless as there was literally so much spam rolling through it that I could seldom find anything that was useful to me. Now I’m constantly being hit with valuable articles, @mentions from friends, and I feel like I’m able to really communicate with people.

  • Francis A says:

    I love this article!! I am quoting the Dell CEO when I say “I’m not very smart but I make sure to surround myself by very smart people.” I live by that! 😉 That’s why I follow you!

  • Mandeep says:

    Hey Nicholas,

    Very inspiring post. It is very true that you are likely to become who you hang around with. The people around you have the greatest influence on you. You mentioned some very influential people in this post. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    Best Wishes!

    • Mandeep, if that’s the only thing that you learn from this post then I promise it will take you far in life. Your success will be influenced by the people that you surround yourself with. So let me put this question to you, Mandeep: Who specifically have you followed that you’ve been learning from?

      • Mandeep says:

        There are many people I take as role models. But, the people who inspire me the most are the ones who are younger than me and are doing “big things”. And it doesn’t have to be about money. As far as blogging goes, the two most infleuntial people have been Michael Dunlop -Retireat21, and Rob -Robswebtips. There are others of course.

        • Always be careful who you follow. Be sure that they really are authorities in the area that you choose to follow them in. I’ve seen that some people pretend to be a guru on a certain subject in order to gain followers and really they are deceiving people. Just be sure that you’re really following influential people but you definitely have the right strategy.

          • Mandeep says:

            Thanks for the great advice, Nicholas. I think you are a very credible source however, I haven’t had the chance to talk with you much. Hope to talk and connect with you a lot more. You are truly an inspirational blogger! 🙂

            • Thanks, Mandeep. Feel free to @mention me on Twitter. I’ll always be happy to chat and hang out on there. Or hit the contact button at the top of the page and send me an email. I always love connecting with people and having real conversations with people who are passionate about life.

  • Liking your explanations, I’ve now followed a few I would not have otherwise; we’ll see what happens. 😉

  • Hi Nicholas,

    I love Twitter but lately I feel the need for change.

    Generally I always follow people back unless I really don’t like what they’re tweeting.

    Unfortunately, my Twitter stream is clogged with irrelevant noise that has nothing to do with what I want to achieve.

    I’m with you in that I want to learn things that will help me move forward in my life. I want to connect with people and have real conversations.

    Thanks for such a great post. You’ve inspired me to start cleaning out my Twitter account.

    • I’m happy to have been an inspiration to you like that. I think that you’ll enjoy your twitter experience far more when you work it in such a way as to become useful and entertaining for you. What do you think your new strategy will be on Twitter? Is it going to be pretty similar to mine?

      • Hi Nicholas,

        Yes, I’m definitely going to follow your suggestions.

        I’m going to stop following some people altogether and some I’m going to move to a list.

        I’m hoping this will fill up my Twitter stream with the tweets that fit what I’m trying to achieve.

        It’s going to be interesting to see what happens. 🙂

        • It sure will be interesting. When you unfollow, you’ll probably have some haters who will get really upset with you. I did. But I don’t mind that. Twitter is now a refreshing experience for me and that’s what really matters the most. I’m learning, engaging, and connecting in all new ways. It’s really terrific.

  • I wholeheartedly agree with you Nicholas, It’s all about trust!

    Glad I came across your blog! 🙂

  • I think Twitter has become such a competition. Kind of like Facebook, really. How many friends do YOU have? How many followers do YOU have? It’s almost as if people forget it’s a social networking system. It’s suppose to draw people together. Thank you for reminding us of that with these six people to follow.

    • I agree. People are absolutely fanatical about building up their numbers on Twitter. There are about a billion applications devoted to building your follower count but people fail to realize that followers don’t matter… relationships, trust, interactions…that’s what matters.

  • Ed says:

    Great article Nic…This is why I follow @Nicholas_Cardot!!

  • Nick, you outdid my expectations 🙂

    You’re one solid fella and I am privileged to be a part of your circle of friends & Blogging mates.

    Thanks for including my “type” and for typifying me so well haha. I read it out to my folks as I’m hanging out with them for a few days and they loved it too.

    Big love NC, you rock my world! xoxoxo

    • Thanks, Tia! I remember the a few nights ago when I told you I would be mentioning you in Monday’s article and I told you that I was going to use you for an example of someone on Twitter who has OCD. You just smiled and laughed (at least those are the sentiments you expressed on Twitter). I know that you face the same issues as everyone else and that not every day is a great day, but all I ever see is a positive aura from you and for that attitude which I see in you, I’m grateful to know you.

      Thanks for being so awesome, Tia!

  • Collier Ward says:

    Nicholas, in conjunction with the timing of this post, I’ve learned (through the services of @unfollowr) that you are no longer following me on Twitter.
    I understand your “digging through the trash” analogy and I apologize if my range of Tweets contained unsavory links or content.
    I will continue to follow you on Twitter (unless blocked) and to study your posts here.
    Thanks for your military service and your influence online.

    • Collier, it wasn’t your tweets. It was everyone else’s. I mass unfollowed everyone and I’ve been adding people back on an individual basis. You just got caught up in the mass termination. I’ve got you back now.

      I’m curious to know why you follow who unfollows you? Is there something that you learn from seeing the names go by?

  • Charis says:

    Great article! I have had to clean out my twitter feed a few times, too, and have kept the ones that truly contribute. Your ideas are spot on!

  • Just read Jordan’s featured entry, and it was one hell of laugh. The approach – just like what you have mentioned – was amusing, I don’t know if he was just being too honest or he just know how tickle his reader’s minds. Every word from the post I’ve read was worth rereading, and just by observing how he had delivered the entry, I’m sure I have learned a lot from it. I followed him by the way.

    The connector, I think the title suits him very well.


    • Jordan is actually a professional comedian who has only recently become a blogger. He’s brings a lot of his comedic approach to life with him into his online work and as a result, he’s really good and keeping people laughing.

  • Nicholas,

    This was an awesome read.

    I have been using Twitter for quite some time. Generated leads, sales, it has been good to me until recently.

    When attempting to follow a friend, I was told I was at my MAX!

    Thought that was not possible but looks like they are cracking down.

    Time for an early Twitter spring cleaning!!

    Thanks to your advice I will no longer use the auto follow option.

    Another blogger adviced me to have two twitter accounts, one to use and follow people, posting and sharing content. The other Twitter account can be used to “spy” on the gurus of your niche. This is a great way to follow what they are doing.

    I also received great Twitter advice from Dillard’s WWN newsletter.

    This is EVEN BETTER!

    Is there anyway I can write a review about this post and have a link to this blog post for my readers?

    Again, thank you Nicholas!

    Tommy D.

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  • Eren Mckay says:

    Hi Nick,
    You pretty much summed up the kinds of people that I pay close attention to. When someone motivates or inspires me I definitely also subscribe to their newsletter. The thing is, on Twitter I truly like interacting with all kinds of people so I’m not extremely picky there. I’m more picky about rss and email subscribing. In order to pay close attention to certain people I created my Twitter lists and watch those. You have a good strategy 🙂
    All the best,

  • Joel Shaw says:

    This is a really great post. Thanks!

  • To make life more interesting, believe every words you heard.

    Taken from the Game “Bully” available on any platform including XBox.

  • I am watching the work of abduzeedo very carefully and i am simply astonished..
    5 Stars for this Nick…

  • Jaym says:

    While you’re entitled to an opinion, your preposterous attack on gaming is uninformed and insulting.

    What’s “better”, in your world, to spend time on? Gardening? Customizing cars? These things are insulting wastes of time to me and millions of other gamers.

    Life IS short. As I’m about to flip to 40 (average gamer age is 37 and increasing a year almost semi-annually), I know I’ve spent countless years gaming. I mean in terms of adding the time up. In my life, I’ve probably spent 8-10+ *years* of my life gaming.

    But what was the biggest waste of my time? My career/work. I worked 8 years straight, 7 days a week, 10-24 hour days, 365 days a year. To what end? I ended up with mental exhaustion twice, was downsized through business deals without care, and had one company destroy my credit to this day by not paying me over $7800.

    Make no mistake: If I did not have gaming, I would be dead. It is the *only* way to escape the BS of the real world and forget your worries. This becomes vital when you’ve made no mistakes, done nothing wrong, and yet find yourself blocked by society and others from finding a new career because of the inept attitudes prevalent in company mindsets.

    Life is short. If you don’t play, your life is meaningless… As the meaning of life is to have fun. If not, why bother living through a miserable existence?

    Their ad is dead on. Life is short- enjoy it. And what better way than an interactive, mentally stimulating, dexterity improving, problem solving training, critical thinking activity?

    You don’t get that gardening. Just bug bites.

  • okydelarocha says:

    yeah, this posting was really great, so inspiring, i think it’s time for reconsider people that i follow. btw thank’s for sharing

  • Michaelcipi says:

    Absolutely. I make it a point to send anyone who follows me a message – yep, every single one! I figure that if they’re taking the time to follow, they want to engage.

    So I start a conversation, or attempt to. If it’s a bot or an aggressive follower, I never get a message back. Good conversationalists get followed; the others take care of themselves.

    And it’s great. It hasn’t mattered if they have 100 followers or 10,000 – there was no magic number that told me that this person or that person was worth my time. Just a chat did that. Who would’ve thought?

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