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    6 Things To Think About Before You Want To Become A Social Media Influencer

    You'll thank me later.

    Yeah, we know. Social Media Influencers are today's glamorous celebrities. And we know that almost everyone is trying to become one. Joey Thurman a fitness expert and social media influencer, shared six tips with me that you should keep in mind before you embark on your quest to become an "influencer".

    Smartest person in the room

    1.Never be the smartest person in the room, hire the smartest people! — I know I’m good at some things, but I’m horrible at others. I have surround myself with people who are smarter than me in business, media, copywriting, and more. I then learned from them and expanded my skillset.

    You know nothing

    2.Once you realize that you know nothing is when you know everything. — I was told this during one of my first personal training jobs, I thought because I “looked” the part of a fitness expert then I could be one.

    Honest with yourself

    3.If you aren’t honest with yourself, you will never truly be honest with anyone. — Once I started being real with myself about my faults, strengths, and fears is when I truly started gaining traction in my business.

    NO overnight successes

    4.There are NO overnight successes, just good story telling. — A good PR person can make anyone sound like their client had it easy, the truth is every successful person I have ever met has failed, struggled, and busted their butt to get to where they are now.

    Figure out if what you want to do is a good career

    5.Figure out if what you want to do is a good career or a job. Being a personal trainer is a great job out of college, but soon after I realized that it’s incredibly hard to make it a career. You start making a good hourly rage for beating people up but soon you reach a ceiling as to how much you can make. Find ways to make money outside of the gym with ancillary income.

    Be the bigger person

    6.Be the bigger person! — I used to get very emotional at work, with my coworkers, and with my bosses. I thought that saying whatever I felt in the situation would get me further because I had something to say. In my ripe old age of 35 I have realized that assessing the situation and addressing it from a cool and intellectual manner is much better than pure emotion.

    Joey Thurman