Don’t Be Chris Brogan

Not Chris Brogan

It’s too easy to compare yourself to me, positively or negatively. “Brogan posts two blogs a day and I can barely get one a week.” “You know who’s such a marketing ass? Chris Brogan. Hate that d-bag.” “Brogan does it right. Brogan’s doing it wrong.”

Don’t Be Chris Brogan

Don’t be anyone else. When I started, I didn’t look at any one person and say, “I think I’ll do what _____ is doing.” I said, “Where are they right now, stat wise? Where am I? Whoa, that’s a long way to go.”

Years later, I’m higher on the charts that most of my original targets, except Seth for uniques and Brian for RSS subscribers. I still can’t topple either of them in those regards. That’s okay. I don’t want to be Seth or Brian. I’m doing me (“tm & c” Do You Know Clarence).

Be You

And be you hard. You’re going to do so much more than me. You’re going to change your space. You’re going to make your industry nail it. Why try to be me. I’m going to falter at some point and you’ll have forgotten about comparisons. You should. Be you. It’s way more fun.

You hereby have permission and license to do it your own way. (You always did, but just in case, I grant it again.)

But… Take All You Want

Every idea I have here, and every idea I give you, feel free to run with it. If you’re copying my content, give me a link back. If you’re just implementing, own it. Make it work for you. That’s why I bother to write here. It’s for you.

Fair?

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  • Mreese601

    What’ a great site. I always stayed truth to that I’m going to do me. Not trying to be anyone else because u don’t know their hold story and what it took for them to get where they are.

  • http://www.rockwaterstudio.com Gee

    Fair? Exceptionally fair. And very cool, too. Thanks.

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  • http://www.pammarketingnut.com PamMktgNut

    Amen! I wrote a similar post earlier today which is published on Social Media Today “Enough of the CopyCat Persona Already”. I wasn’t quite as nice as you as I have a few local folks blatantly following me, copying my every word. Not sure what to do about it other than hit the ignore button for now.

    You are always an inspiration.

  • Gdsa

    CopyCat Persona Already”. I wasn’t quite as nice as you as I have a few local folks blatantly copying my every word. Not sure what to do about it other than hit the ignore button for now. I am not going to stop giving ever just to stop a few copycats ;)

  • Anonymous

    But damn, Chris Brogan is so cute.

    Kidding, love this post. Spot on.

  • Anonymous

    Chris:

    This is so true. I would like to quote Uncle Remus
    “ when you is what you ain’t, YOU ISN’T”

  • http://www.nosenseoftime.org George G Smith Jr

    “Don’t seek what your heroes have, seek what they are seeking” ~Charlie Hunter

    That’s all I have to add….

    • http://www.alexdumitru.com Alex Dumitru

      An excellent quote

    • http://www.alexdumitru.com Alex Dumitru

      An excellent quote

  • http://www.alexdumitru.com Alex Dumitru

    I totally agree. People always try to be someone else and that’s why they fail. You can only be yourself and need to do your best to be better than the one you would like to be.

  • http://www.alexdumitru.com Alex Dumitru

    I totally agree. People always try to be someone else and that’s why they fail. You can only be yourself and need to do your best to be better than the one you would like to be.

  • http://twitter.com/pamslim Pamela Slim

    Dangit, I just spent all this time planning 2011, and I finally nailed my strategy:

    Be Chris Brogan.

    How dare you make me do all that work over?

  • http://mimosaplanet.com James M Cooper

    Arhh yes, I have a goal chart labeled… “target d-bag marketing stats”, not “target d-bag to become”.
    Baha, nice one!

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  • http://authentic-networker.com Keith

    Chris – this is so relevant in the online world. Modeling is one thing, living through a comparative lens is exhausting and in the end, empty.

    “Be you. It’s way more fun.”

    That is rock star advice for anyone…regardless of what else they are up to in the world.

  • http://www.blackfridayplanet.com/ William Hushburn

    Just being somebody you’re not is not a good thing to have. I just realized one thing after reading this article.

  • http://www.blackfridayplanet.com/ William Hushburn

    @ Alex Dumitru : I agree.

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