Six years ago, when I logged onto Linkedin, I had one clear mission and one larger question, which was: how can I inspire 1,000,000 people on this platform.
What happened next was definitely not expected but openly embraced.
I posted a quote.
Nothing quite groundbreaking but something from my heart vs. my head.
A few hours later, I came back to my post to find over a hundred likes and a dozen or so comments. Was it a fluke, or did I actually strike a chord with someone on the other end?
The only way to know for sure would be a rinse and repeat the following day. Wouldn’t you know it, the same thing happened again. As they say, twice is a coincidence but three times is a pattern so I wrote something the following day and posted it online.
Much to my surprise, the same people were liking, commenting and sending me personal notes of inspiration and thanks. I knew in that moment I had found my vehicle.
Time to drive.
As of today, I have hit roughly 937,300 likes (roughly speaking) based solely on my posts which are often accompanied by quotes I created.
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To say I am delighted would be a massive understatement. I am also, humbled, honored, inspired, excited and the list goes on.
Here are my 5 questions for anyone considering whether or not to post something on Linkedin.
- What are you trying to achieve as an outcome?
- Is Linkedin the correct platform for your message?
- What do you have at stake by posting?
- Is what you wish to post aligned with your brand and who you are?
- Can you stand by what you post?
My personal journey has been filled with numerous highs, as well as some lows. The highs come in the form of personal messages from people expressing how I have helped their day, life or moment of perspective while supporting them helping them create a more fulfilled life.
The lows have come in the form of haters, people looking to discredit my work, individuals claiming I plagiarized or am acting against the will of religion.
- You will never know what you are capable of doing unless you begin.
- A toe in the water is not the same as swimming.
- Every expert started as a beginner.
The floor is yours: What message would you like to leave for the world?
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Joshua Miller is a creative leader and impactful executive coach.
His career spans both the advertising world and the world of leadership. In advertising, he was the creative lead, responsible for the campaign strategy for Fortune 100 brands. Today, he is an innovator. He’s supporting the executive development and change management for many of the same companies.
Joshua studied at Syracuse University, NYU and Stanford. He combines that background with his deep knowledge of organizational behavior, performance and change management. He focuses on the analysis, design, development, delivery, and evaluation of scalable and global talent development solutions programs.
Joshua is a Master Certified Coach. He trained with the International Coaching Federation and CTI (The Coaches Training Institute).