Months ago, when Marsha and I set up this theme, I originally planned to share quotes about work from Paul Muchinsky, Drucker, and Tarthang Tulku. However, that will have to wait because my reading this month led to a fun change.
The book that inspired today’s post is Don’t Unplug (2018) by Chris Dancy.
I originally added this discounted hardcover to my shopping basket because of the snarky tagline, which said that Chris Dancy was “the world’s most connected person.” I cannot stand the use of superlatives and then my initial thought was ‘how would we even go about defining who is more connected than someone else?’
However, the book surprisingly became an enjoyable read and seemed ideal for the topic of work with Writer’s Quote Wednesday. I included some snippets of pages from the book to provide context and other fun tidbits found in the book.
First, the work that we do varies according to different ages and stages in life. Chris Dancy reminded that we leave a digital legacy by creating content that has our unique flair: “the Internet is your brand and identity.”
Dancy writes with a well-defined voice, his stories flow with fun (easy to get) metaphors, and the transparency he has about the ups and downs in his life reminded me why some people really do need to put their thoughts into a book with almost 300 pages.
I really enjoyed moving through some of the digital milestones as he shared his journey of working in IT from the 1990s on – developing his connections online — all while learning lessons about earning, getting along with people, physical wellness, mental health, etc.
Dancy reminded us that creating content online “serves as both a conversation starter, and more importantly, if you’re still in the prime working part of your life, it’s what future employers will review.” It was refreshing to read his advice about creating online content – not for content’s sake, and not to aim for a huge amount – instead, the goal is to create content that “represents what you’re good at.”
Another area of work advice from Dancy was when he suggested that people should “start going to conferences that have nothing to do with your industry.”
This keeps us all growing.
We all need to change up what we read and do because it can prevent confirmation bias, minimize the echo effect where we only hear more of what we already know and believe to be true. Think about how dangerous it is to only see what the majority of people around us view as true. Think about how easy it is to develop blinders or lose objectivity. For example, there were times when most doctors thought blood-letting and leaving wounds unwrapped was therapeutic for healing the body. And Galileo was against the majority when he spoke up with truth about the Copernican system that stated that planets orbit the sun rather than the Earth as most argued back then. Let’s watch out for loss of objectivity and brainwashing that could subtly come from living in a bubble that only feeds us what we want to hear.
Dancy offers warnings about being plugged in too much or in the wrong ways – and reminded people to watch out for unhealthy cyborg habits.
Some of the warnings aligned with content from the Emmy-nominated documentary The Social Dilemma (2020) with the overall reminder that so much online is financially driven and the big sites are manipulation engines. Dancy had to “come to terms with my behavior and understand how online tools could manipulate my friends and me.”
We humans do not need to abandon social media or totally avoid having a digital presence. The goal is to proceed with care. Create, with your flair — but also wake up — and stay aware.
Marsha’s Featured Bloggers Last Week:
Care to join in with #WQWWC? Here are the September Themes:
- September 1: Work or Career/Employment
- September 8: WRITER’S CHOICE #5 (or Order)
- September 15: Communication
- September 22: Fortitude/Resilience
- September 29: Autumn or Fall
Hope your week is going well.