My Past Years In Instagram Photos

My Past Years In Instagram Photos

I take a lot of pictures. Just pictures, nothing special. At least, that’s what I thought. I only shared some pictures via Instagram or Twitter. I don’t know whether you look at them or not, but at least I have the sense I shared them with the whole world. Because that is where pictures are made for. To be shared. All those copyrights, not for me. I understand that some people invest a lot in taking fantastic pictures and that they need to live from it. But if no one can see them, what’s the point then?

But ok, that’s another story. What I wanted to say is that pictures are not just pictures. Pictures show your life, your feelings, your talents and so much more. It doesn’t matter you are using a throw-away camera, an iPhone or an expensive DSLR. The expression and the story of a picture are the most important.

With the release of the new Photos.app from Apple, I was scanning my pictures. One by one. More than ten thousand pictures spread over ten years. Amazing! And then I had an idea. Some of those pictures where published to Instagram. I added a nice layer and a comment and shared them with all of you. What if I created a book with all those pictures in it? Wouldn’t that be fun?

Well, the result can be found here. Take a look at it. It is completely free and gives you a look at my past years in photos. I am proud. Proud of the photos I took, proud of what I have done and proud of my life.

Enjoy!

My Past Years In Instagram Photos – Get The Book!

My Past Year In Instagram Photos – Get The Book! (small version)

No sheeping.

To be honest, I stole this title from Jef Staes. It was his slogan to end the presentation he gave about Business Innovation. I had the honor to attend this event and he made me think about several things.

First of all, I didn’t know much about Jef before I went to his presentation. I saw the invitation on Twitter via EventOnline and grabbed the opportunity. At that moment I did not know that Jef would mention that people not using Twitter are stupid. Lucky me :). But the moment he did, I agreed. For me at least Twitter is a source of knowledge. It is a way to connect with great bloggers and speakers. That doesn’t mean that Twitter can be your only source of information. Google, YouTube, blogs, screenscasts are all valuable information flows that will make you smarter when you use them. Did I forget books? For me books are a slow information flow because reading a book takes a lot more time than reading a blogpost or watching a screencast. That does not mean books aren’t valuable anymore. I started reading again this year and I love it. There are so many good writers with a clear message you can learn from. But when I want to fix an issue, I’d rather Google it instead of reading a book of 300 pages.

”You don’t discover talents at school.” and ”Our educational system is fraude.” are two statements Jef launched during the keynote. Those are critical words about a system that exists for many years. But maybe that’s why it is true. Maybe education did not follow the evolution of the increased information flow? Maybe education is too conservative? I think these are things to think about and to investigate. Work enough for all teachers out there I suppose. I graduated almost 3 years ago and I have to agree that I did not discover my talents at school. I like to work with computers, designing solutions for problems of other people. I can’t imagine doing so while at school. Or maybe one time during a group assignment to organize an event for charity. We should get more assignments like that where your team can organize itself and discover who does what the best. Diplomas are used by companies to assign employees a function and level. Most of the time, this means that people with a higher degree get the better jobs. I think that’s what Jef means with fraude in our educational system. Someone who had problems at school with Statistics may not have a Master degree but is he less smart than someone with that degree? Possibly, but you can only know it for sure when you give him or her a chance. 2D smart, Jef calls it. Getting better by doing it over and over but without passion and without information.

That brings us by how Jef thinks we should be, 3D smart. 3D smart has three pillars: Talent, Passion and Information. Information is very important. Someone with passion will look for information and develop his talent. Everyone has talents an passion, but you have to discover it. When schools and companies don’t give you the chance to explore your talents, they end up with people that are not engaged.

Jef used a great quote that shows the essence of his message.

”If you put fences around people, you get sheep.” by William McKnight

I can go on about Jef’s presentation but I think you should go listen to Jef yourself when you get the chance. If it’s not for his message, he’s an amazing speaker. You won’t regret.

 

Get noticed.

We live in a social noisy world. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram… A lot of ways to express your message without leaving the door. But how do you make sure your message get’s noticed by other people?

The book ‘Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World’ from Gary Vaynerchuck explains you all the secrets about telling your story in this social noisy world. He tells his own story and shares his experiences with real life examples.

Do you want to get noticed? Gary is convinced that you should invest in the way you bring your message. A lame tweet every day will not convince people to focus on what you’ve got to say. You should adapt to the channel you’re using. A good tweet has other requirements than a fabulous Instagram photo. Think about your message and how to bring it to the people. The most important thing stays the core of your message, but spending a little bit of time on the package will make a difference.

I’m convinced that Gary’s book will give you an advantage on those that didn’t read it, so grab the book. It’s worth it!

Do you like to achieve?

I do. Ofcourse I like to. I want to achieve a lot in my life. From being a director of a big company till saving a PDF without margins.

I guess everyone likes to achieve things. It is in the nature of people to hunt for achievements. You want to cook the best dinner, score the winning goal in an important soccergame or just get your room cleaned every week. Achieving something does not always mean that you’ve set a goal for it. It can be as simple as reaching the gas station with no fuel left in the trunk. Maybe you didn’t notice it, but you achieved something by finding this blogpost. It will make you notice your next achievement.

We always strive to get noticed. That’s difficult. Look around you and you know why. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, podcasts, books and a lot of other media make it easy to get noticed. But the overflood of media also make it easy to stay unnoticed (I’ve just read ‘Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World’ by Gary Vaynerchuk). That is why you need to value your own achievements. As little as they are. The social attention does not make your achievement, it only hypes it.

Last week I created a document in Microsoft Word (Yes, I know I shouldn’t…) and wanted to save this as a PDF. Unfortunately the PDF contained an annoying margin at the bottom I wanted to get rid of. Several Google searches and experiments later I still got the margin and I felt bad. How stupid could I be? I went to bed and started with fresh energy the next day but without luck. Until I was reading a blogpost from David Sparks. Watching his screencast just gave me a final idea: remove my printer from my MacBook Air. Guess what?! The margins were gone. It felt like such a big deal and I was really happy. It costed me two evenings but it was worth it. I smiled for the rest of the evening and was able to send the document.

This was just an example of how simple an achievement can be. We often neglect this legal drug but it really can motivate you. You should use this whenever you can. Having it difficult or struggling with a project? Use your imagination and look for your achievements. It will help you to get on and reach that big achievement everyone dreams about!

’The In-Between’, a must read.

Looking for a book to fill your evenings? You should read ’The In-Between: Embracing the tension between now and the next big thing’ by Jeff Goins.

To be honest, I heard about the book a couple of times in a podcast but wasn’t very interested in the beginning. Only when it was mentioned on Twitter a couple of times, I got interested and bought it. And I do not regret it. It was a great read and every page made me long for the next. It is not science fiction with lots of action and adventure in it. No, it is about the waiting in our life. A lot of people live from day to day, from action to action, from event to event. We go to work and try to be the best. We have hobby’s and enjoy the life as we like it. But what do we do in the in-between? We wait. We wait for someone. We wait for something to happen or we just wait till the light is green. But what we do not realize is that this waiting determines how we live. How do you fill in the waiting? What do you think while waiting? Maybe you are not thinking while you wait.

All of this can be found in the story that Jeff Goins is telling in his book. So if you want to know more about the in-between or you just want to read a good story, go grab your copy of the book!

“Instead of living life wishing you could jump ahead to the next adventure,
these pages will inspire you to slow down and savor the in-between.
—Crystal Paine, founder of MoneySavingMom.com” (http://goinswriter.com/inbetween/)