Seth: What have you shipped?
Seth nails it:
But what have you shipped?
Yes, I know you’re a master of the web, that you’ve visited every website written in English, that you’ve been going to SXSW for ten years, that you were one of the first bloggers, you used Foursquare before it was cool and you can code in HTML in your sleep. Yes, I know that you sit in the back of the room tweeting clever ripostes when speakers are up front failing on a panel and that you had a LOLcat published before they stopped being funny. But what have you shipped?
What have you done with your connection skills that has been worthy of criticism, that moved the dial and that changed the world?
Go, do that.
If all the social media “fluff” has shown us one thing, one good turn deserves another, social media CAN be used for social good etc., etc., yet it is amazing how little respect it has taught many at conferences when individuals don’t have the respect to keep their negative opinions to themselves.
Seth’s point reminds me of the Blue Monster – change the world or go home. If not, keep your negativity to yourself.