The Trappings of Social Media Dogma

April 28, 2009 at 1:39 pm 4 comments


“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Steve Jobs

I came across these wise words today, and I felt that they are particularly relevant to OneSeventeen Media’s approach to helping kids.  When working on something truly innovative, some people a) don’t get it or b) feel threatened by the change.  While we’re always soliciting feedback and constructive criticism to make sure we’re improving and refining OneSeventeen’s vision and products, our mission to get kids the tools they absolutely need won’t be deterred by the trappings of  social media dogma.  As a poster child of a successful entrepreneur, Steve Jobs words are an inspiring reminder about the value of staying true to our course and utilizing social media to make the online and offline world a better place for kids.  

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lisa Parker  |  April 29, 2009 at 1:40 am

    Bravo One Seventeen Media! The most important words Mr. Jobs uttered in that statement were, “Your time is limited …” If we look at the sum of our lives once we get to the end — what as adults can we say we did for the next generation? Entertained them? Taught them how to twitter? Marketed our products to them? They need a voice and to show us, both on and off line that they have so much to say, that their voice matters and that they are vitally important to our world. There is no time to waste in giving them the platforms to discover their gifts, their passions, their purpose. I don’t see anyone else extending both the on- and off-line opportunities to young people the way you are. Thanks for your courage to be the first.

  • 2. Amy Strecker  |  April 29, 2009 at 5:31 am

    Thanks for your comment, Lisa!

  • 3. Beth Carls  |  April 29, 2009 at 9:07 am

    My guess is that Steve Jobs is definitely taking a look at his life’s work faced with the health issues he has right now. Many of us have had “curve balls” thrown at us sometime in our lives and, many times, we are forced to look at what we’ve truly accomplished.

    In these economic times, we are also being asked to look at our relationships not only with ourselves, our friends and our families, but also our relationship with money. As Lynne Twist so eloquently talks about in her book The Soul of Money, we are now being forced to look at our relationship with money, to assess our connection with core human values, and to change this relationship and, in so doing, to transform our lives. You can visit her web site and “reclaim the wealth of your inner resources” at

  • 4. Renee' Bacherman  |  May 13, 2009 at 5:40 am

    I learned my most important life lessons from the mistakes I made. I used to wish that I could have learned by watching or listening but experience was the only teacher for me; as I believe it is for many. Today, with all of the tools that are available, creating safe experiences for young people is a huge challenge and a great opportunity. Technology, mentoring and wisdom can intersect to create more opportunities to learn hard lessons in an easier way. OneSeventeenMedia is all about making that a reality. It won’t be easy but anything worth doing rarely is. Along the way, the mentors, parents and teachers will learn as much or more as the kids. Now that’s a full circle that I can get my head around.


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