Social media often gets a bad rap. However, like many other things in life - it's a coin with 2 sides. There are good and not so good aspects to it. It depends on how you use it and what you use it for.
I have benefitted much from it, be it LinkedIn or Instagram. Both allow me access to the best in areas of my interest.
One of the people whose work I got to know of through social media is Greg McKeown. He's now one of my all-time favorite authors. He has influenced what I do and how I do it through his books Essentialism and Effortless.
I got to know of him because I follow Dr. Rangan Chatterjee on Instagram. One day, while scrolling through my Instagram feed, I came across a snippet from Dr Chatterjee's Feel Better, Live More podcast episode featuring Greg. Dr Chatterjee quoted a line from Greg's book, Effortless -
"When you focus on what you lack you lose what you have.
When you focus on what you have you get what you lack."
As someone who practices gratitude daily and has experienced its power first hand, these 2 lines were enough to get me hooked. I went on to listen to the entire podcast and later even bought both of Greg McKeown's books.
I found them simple, insightful, and practical. It helped me zero in on the crucial few areas I should focus on at work as opposed to the trivial many, helped me reduce my perfectionistic tendencies, and even accomplish more by asking myself these 2 questions that Greg recommends -
How am I making it harder than it needs to be?
Then inverting the question and following it up with this - What's the simplest way to achieve the (desired) result?
The link to the podcast episode is available at the end of this post.
How has social media benefitted you?
Link to the Feel Better, Live More podcast featuring Greg McKeown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoNboHeIreM