The other day, I wrote a post calling out some people in our industry. You can read it here — Is Your Shopify Guru Lying to You?
It was a video calling out some cheaters in the industry. It was a video long overdue, and a lot of people sit back and don’t stir the pot.
Not this guy.
I am not one to shy away from
drama calling people out.
And with the response I’ve received, I know I did the right thing.
Here are some of the messages that came in…
Then people asked if they could share the video…
And here is a screenshot of the video that was shared, and the number of people who saw it…
I think I received 20+ new friend requests last week. Probably 10-12 PMs, a lot from people who I’ve never spoke to before. Strangers reaching out to me thanking me for my honesty.
And this got me thinking…
PEOPLE CRAVE THE TRUTH
We all know people only show their highlight reel on Facebook, and I am guilty of it, too. In fact, I made a post on Facebook apologizing for only showing my highlights. It was well receievd on Facebook, so I turned it into a blog post;
You can read it here — I Did You Wrong
When I posted that on Facebook, I had quite a few people reach out to me privately, and open up. They thanked me for being real & raw. They thanked me for sharing my struggles, as they could relate to them — some feared they were all alone.
The people who messaged me privately were too scared to share their truth. Some didn’t even want to leave a comment on my post, fearing their friends & family would see it. They worried those close to them would judge them.
You know what…
I had all those feelings as well (and I will when I publish THIS blog post, too).
Shit, I wrote that post on a Friday, re-read it 178 times (give or take) that weekend and finally posted it on Monday.
It scared the shit out of me.
I feared I was going to be judged by family & friends.
What would the think?
Would they still like me?
Would they think I am weak?
Would they think I am a fraud?
Every damn doubt went through my head and then some.
One guy messaged me he’s contemplated suicide. More than once. Told me his wife has taken the gun away from him.
That was scary to read, but this was from someone I have never met in person. We’ve chatted on the phone once or twice, but that was it. We are “Internet friends”, and he felt comfortable enough to share that with me.
Today, I am drawing a line in the sand.
From this day forward I am here to share my truth — to shine MY light.
Some will enjoy it, most will not.
Some will follow, most will not.
Some will agree with me, most will not.
Some will be with me, most will not.
And you know what? I am fine with that.
I am not here to make friends.
I am here to share the good, the bad and the ugly.
I am here to share my truth, and shine my light.
I am here to serve the men I was put on this Earth to serve.