That's not to say, I don't have goals I want to reach. I do. I just usually focus on them exclusively.
Goals, such as: two years ago, I had a personal goal to lose 35 lbs. I finally made that goal -- even though it took me 18 months -- and I have been at that weight ever since. (I need to reestablish that goal to lose a few more pounds.)
And, twenty-six months ago, I established a professional goal to sell a very large, piece of Las Vegas Gaming/Hotel Real Estate that I know could be acquired. And, I almost had the goal accomplished when I found a buyer with the financial backing to make the purchase. I am more than certain that they would have made the acquisition if not for a certain (phony) billionaire's hateful rhetoric while he was running for president.
And since this person's electoral college win, I have noticed a dramatic change in what people are posting to and replying to on LinkedIn. There is so much hate being spewed on this site -- racial hate being focused on one particular person because of -- well if you are being honest -- his skin color.
From what I can tell, LinkedIn has digressed from what it was when it first started, and has devolved into a Facebook, Instagram site. And, even other LinkedIn members have mentioned that postings and replies to postings in fact shouldn't be on a business web site like this.
Sure. I have fallen for the bait, too. But my main goal while being a member of LinkedIn was and has always been: helping a fellow business persons/companies acquire Las Vegas CRE Property.
Now, I did make some connections while I have been a LinkedIn member that I will most likely keep in my contacts forever. But, going back over the actual closed deals I have made through the years, none of those closed deals could be traced back to any connection made while being a member of LinkedIn.
And, with that said, I think I will follow my wife's move that she made a few years ago: when she deleted her LinkedIn account.
At the time, my wife said, "LinkedIn wasn't getting her any business;" and she found it "a waste of time."
Recently, with the aforementioned racial hatred being posted on LinkedIn, I am inclined to agree with her. And since LinkedIn is rapidly becoming a racial hatred site, I don't want any part of it anymore.
I do blame Don for this sudden change in racial tension. I do blame Don's hateful rhetoric for killing my large deal. And, I blame his Electoral College win of the presidency on this, too.
And, more recently, I've noticed that LinkedIn members -- who do have a lot more education than most of the Non-College Educated Americans who voted for Don -- are now reciting the same hateful rhetoric as if it is now okay to come out of the racial prejudice closet.
So, what's left for me? Well, I need to make a new New Year's Resolution!
Since most of my deals have come from my own hard work; and, they were never, ever reliant on a business web site, I am probably going to do what I should have done a long time ago: follow my wife's lead. (She is a lot smarter than I am.)
So, my new New Year's Resolution is: By years end, I will have most likely canceled / deleted my LinkedIn account. (I would do it sooner, but I want to see what the posting/replies will be to this post.) (Curiosity killed the cat, right?)
Why cancel? Because being a member of LinkedIn hasn't made me any money at all.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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