I had a delightful experience tonight. I connected with somebody who had had a profound influence in my life because he had left a trail for me to follow that led to some very happy and productive outcomes. Ironically, we didn’t know each other at the time. He had captured my attention with a Facebook ad.
At the time, I didn’t even know that Facebook had ads! To me, Facebook was just a bunch of pictures with fields where you could write and send text to your friends.
But, I clicked on one of his ads and the resulting adventure changed my life. It was an ad about making money online, and it introduced me to Matt Lloyd.
If you go to my “about” page, the first thing I say about this blog is that I want to feel good about money: https://feelinggoodtoday.wordpress.com/about/ And this man helped me with that.
I want to feel good about everything else, too, such as friends, church, pets, education, health, and just about anything you can think of. But I was guided fairly early in life to find the lead lining in every cloud. And finding people who were both positive about life and making money by marketing their skills and talents online was an astonishing revelation.
You see, I was fed up at a young age, and left home for Europe and the Middle East straight out of high school. After about six months, I ended up back in the States, but far away from those familiar people who helped to shape my attitudes. And I stayed occupied there for another 18 years.
When I finally caught up with my people, I was rather shocked to notice the old familiar patterns. Since I had been away so long and had learned from so many diverse people and patterns, seeing the familiar, rather jaded patterns surprised me. Those people were still doing the exact same things that they were doing when I had left 20 years earlier.
Here’s an example: While getting reacquainted with some people from my past, a commercial happened to play on TV. To my astonishment, one of the people turned around and screamed at the TV, “Yeah, RIGHT! You liar!!” and went on to guess out loud what kind of scam the advertiser was probably running.
It began to dawn on me that I was raised to believe that anger and suspicion should be automatic and wide-ranging. It was pro-active anger, meant to scare away any hidden threat, whether it was actually there or not. It would be the equivalent of screaming at the bushes as you walk by, just in case the boogy man was lurking behind them.
Now let’s fast forward another 30 years. I answer an ad in Facebook, start making a ton of new connections, get to travel the world again, write a book, teach a series of live classes, and start a blog. My outlook is fresh. Ideas come continuously and with great enthusiasm. My depression and pro-active fear fades over time. I have things to look forward to.
I’m so glad I didn’t know it was an ad. I might have screamed at it instead of finding a whole new world.
- Why Facebook Thinks It Can Sell Ads for $2.5M (bloomberg.com)
- If Morgan Stanley Is Right, Facebook Has to Implement Video Ads
- What Say We Leave a Planet For Our Offspring? And Can You Handle Happiness? Derailing the Cycles of War and Violence (mladzema.wordpress.com)