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Have You Ever Googled Yourself Before? Then Watch This

Summary

  • Have you ever Googled yourself? You type in your name and you look at the search results. I sure have.
  • Typically when we Google ourselves, the results are pretty consistent from yesterday, last week and last month.
  • What’s important to remember is that Google tells a story, it doesn’t tell the whole story.
  • Normally when we Google yourself, or someone else, what we’re seeing what others want us to see. Or, what we want people to see.
  • We tend to craft and share stories to make others go “wow” and to impress. Sometimes this same content can cause people to feel bad about themselves.
  • We see this type of “wow” content on people’s websites, social media profiles and LinkedIn pages.
  • People are telling and sharing the story they intentionally want you to see.
  • We have to remind ourselves that a Google search does not define who you are. You define who you are.
  • Typically what we see with Google search results can be extremely misleading. This is because what we see is the end result, the success, the wins, the highlight reel.
  • The truth is this: the things that make you special, the things that make you unique, and the things that make you standout, rarely, if ever, show up on a Google search.
  • Rarely will a Google search tell you about the adversity you experienced in your life and how you came out on the other side.
  • Very rarely will Google tell you about all the challenges and ups and downs someone has experienced.
  • Google won’t tell you about the 3 jobs someone held down just to make ends meet. Or, it won’t tell you about that person who took a risk and moved to a new city with barely having any money in their bank account or knowing anyone yet they figured out a way to make it.
  • Google won’t tell you about heartbreaks and trials and tribulations people experienced to make good things happen.
  • On Google we typically see the highlight reels and wins.
  • Don’t get it twisted. Google tells a story, not the whole story.
  • What’s most powerful and amazing about you probably would never show up on a Google search.
  • Again, we have to remind ourselves that a Google search does not define who you are. You define who you are.
  • I invite you to be willing to share some of those things that may never show up on a Google search. These may be things that you’re a little embarrassed or ashamed of.
  • These are the things that got you to where you are today. These are the things that are going to inspire others to do great things.
  • It’s time to start sharing our real stories.
  • Never underestimate your story.
  • A Google search does not define who you are. You define who you are.

Antonio Neves is a nationally recognized leadership speaker, award-winning journalist and author of 50 Ways To Excel In Your First Job (And In Life).

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