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How to Use Twitter and the Blogosphere to Accomplish Every Goal in Your Life

A few days ago I was at the Flightster office discussing various ways to use twitter with my co-worker and lead designer.  That inspired me to write the article about 5 Travel Related Twitter hashtags You Should Follow.

After writing the article, my coworker and I had an interesting discussion about the fact that you could probably use Twitter to accomplish just about anything. We talked about the fact that when you get 1 on 1 advice from an actual person about a question that you have, it might eventually become a better alternative to Google. Then we made a joke about writing an article titled “how to use Twitter to accomplish every goal in your life.” As I thought about it more and more, I realized that it wasn’t such a far fetched idea after all.

Taking a close look at my inner circle on Twitter, I think it’s safe to say there’s probably at least one person who knows how to do every single that I’m interested in learning. If not, there’s probably somebody who can introduce me to the person I need to meet. In a recent interview with Brian Clark, I heard Tim Ferriss say something rather profound about his blog. He said that the blog had given him access to things that money couldn’t buy such as thought leadership and world renown experts in different areas. Let’s look at a few people and a few examples

Travel

#RTW is the hashtag that stands for round the world trip and is the one that made me realize you really could accomplish just about anything with Twitter. If you have the dream of taking a round the world trip following this hashtag would give you access to a small army of people who can help you to make it happen.

Photography

As I’ve spent time in the blogosphere and connected with more and more people, I’ve developed an interest in photography. In my own network I already know of 3 people who can give me tons of insights into photography

Music

Years ago in high school I was a musician which some of you might know. If you don’t, I played the tuba which is not exactly considered cool.  But, my love for music never went away. I’ve always been interested in learning how to play the guitar. I’m sure that I can probably find a phenomenal blog and somebody to follow on twitter who can give me step by step lessons through his or blog on learning how to play the guitar.

Personal Finance

If you’re interested in getting your finances in order there’s no shortage of personal finance bloggers you could follow on twitter. My guess is most of the authors of many of the top personal finance books have a twitter presence.

Health and Fitness

I’m guessing if you wanted to find a tribe of health nuts who take their exercise far more seriously than I ever will, they’re probably out there. Many personal development bloggers also cover health and fitness topics so they tend to be great resources.

Foreign Languages

If you want to learn to speak a foreign language, look no further than my friend Benny Lewis and his awesome blog Fluent in 3 Months. He speaks 9 languages and there’s a good chance he speaks one of the ones you’re interested in learning or one that would be a great start to expanding your language skills.

Dating/Relationships

When I told Mark Lawrence at LifestyleIgntition about the idea for this article he replied “if you could use twitter to meet a girl, then you really could accomplish everything goal in your life using twitter.” As more and more people start taking their relationships from the digital world to the offline world, it wouldn’t suprise me if we do see people who actually meet as a byproduct of Twitter. Fortunately there are already people who can teach you how to get this area of your life going, and coincidentally Diggy at Upgrade Reality recently launched a product about attraction secrets geared towards men.  So, I’d say even this goal can be accomplished using the blogosphere and twitter.

How to Find the People Who Can Teach You What  You want Learn

  1. Identify what You Want to Learn: While all this technology and access to information is absolutely incredible, if you’re not selective you’ll be a victim of information overload and won’t end up learning a thing. So, narrow your focus a bit and identify 4-5 things you want to learn about over the next year.
  2. Do a Search on Twitter: A quick search on twitter for your area of interest will probably give you some insights into what hashtags to keep track of and who your potential resources will end up being. Check out their twitter profiles and their blogs. While you might not be able to engage every single one, you can still take advantage of the knowledge they are sharing.
  3. Create Lists for Each Subject Area: As you probably know if you read my article why you only need 150 Followers, I’m crazy about creating twitter lists. I have my inner circle list, a list of all the surfing brands (which allowed me to win an autographed skate deck), a list of journalists, and many other lists.  Once you have a list of the subject area, pay attention to the content that comes from it.
  4. Make a Friend: If you make a point to regularly engage somebody on your list, chances are they will eventually become a friend. I actually didn’t know that any of the people I mentioned above had the skills they did, but it’s a pleasant byproduct or our friendships :)

For the first time in my life I’m fairly convinced that my ADHD is going be one of my greatest assets since it will allow me to explore every single idea that I’m interested in. So my advice to you as follows. If you’re looking to become a  prodigy of some sort, choose an area of interest, put in your 10,000 hours of practice and tell the world about your journey.

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