The other day I saw this meme and got quite a kick out of it. I was in a meeting the other day with an artist who was asking me about making great connections. As we chatted, she said something that I hear all the time from artist.
“I just have my art. What could I possibly offer someone who has the money to support me other than that?”
My answer was, “a heck of a lot” You see the biggest mistake I see artists make is in thinking that they have nothing to offer to someone who seems higher up on the ladder than they are. The truth of the matter is this:
Everyone needs help at some point in their life and everyone is given the opportunity to provide that help. We can all be Batman if we want, but we have to be willing to look for people who are in need of help and we have to be willing to ask others what they could use help with. If you are one of those people who feel uncomfortable asking someone you’ve met how you can help them, I have an alternative for you:
Do what Batman does.
Watch from up above and look for people in trouble. This is infinitely easier now in the world of social media. If you took five minutes right now to scroll down your Facebook newsfeed you would likely see someone who is having a problem with something. Maybe they need an article shared, or are asking about the best software to solve a problem, maybe they want to learn how to peel in egg in less than a minute, whatever it is, On Twitter, Facebook, and even LinkedIn people are communicating needs all the time and asking for help. Much like ol’ Brucy, you can watch from your screen and swoop in and save the day all from the comfort of your own home or even from your cell phone. How easy is it?
Last week I made it a point to tweet out asking if anyone needed help with anything and posted the same thing to my Facebook. By responding to requests and tagging certain people in those requests, I solved a bunch of problems in less than a few minutes while walking to my next meeting.
You can do the same thing.
I challenge you at this very moment, hop on your social media of choice and be Batman for an hour.
Gotham needs you.