Have you imagined what it would it be like to be a baseball player on your favorite team? Not just play ball at the highest level of professional sports but to do it alongside the big stars you grew up watching on TV and read about in the papers. Would you walk around star struck? Would you be able to live up to the level of performance that would be expected?
I wonder if that is what some of MLB’s young rookies are thinking right now- I know this is how I am feeling right now.
Last week I started my new job over at New Media Strategies, a firm of almost 100 experts in Facebook, Twitter, blogging and everything social media. At TMG I was one of a few social media geeks in a small office of less than 40 where I knew everybody’s name. I was the big fish in a little pond.
Now I am in the great big ocean and I’m not alone.
I know I won’t be foursquare mayor over at NMS. I won’t be the only one that has an account on bit.ly or Wikipedia. It was exciting to shake hands with Nisha Chittal who I’ve read on Brazen Careerist and who’s name I’ve seen all over the local DC scene; to sit across from bloggers I’ve run across on 20SB; to meet true experts on Facebook, Wikipedia, and Twitter. Imagine the high school shortstop that could steal the most bases on his team, only to end up on a team with players that are not only as fast as he is but faster. The skills that made me unique are so unique anymore.
It has been a very humbling and intimidating experience.
However I know that I there’s something of my own I can bring to the table, why else would NMS bring me on board if they didn’t know I am going to succeed? I think after getting up to speed, learning some new tricks, and putting in some hard work I can prove myself to my new peers and in the process grow in ways I couldn’t before.
If you think about it- everybody around me started just like I have. The key is what they did next after they walked in the door, sat down at their desk, and realized how many amazing people surrounded them. I’m sure they didn’t keep staring- but started getting to work.
It’s time for me to get to work.