Category Archives: Learn with KJ Progress

This will be a collection of posts where I describe the process of building an empire!

Tips for Taming the Social Media Beast

Taming the Social Media Beast

Here are some tips for taming the social media beast.  Come and get it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tip #1 Set a time limit on how much time you spend on social media.

If you are not in a position to hire a social media manage [I feel your pain].  Try setting aside a certain amount of time each day [think 30 minutes to an hour] to spend on social media AFTER you finish your work on your own content [like those video scripts for your new YouTube Channel… cough…cough..]. If you don’t set a time limit, you may end up using social media as an excuse not to work on your REAL work.  Social media is important, but if you don’t have something to share with the world, then it loses all of its importance.

 Tip #2 Schedule your social media posts.

There are several ways to schedule your posts.  On individual social media, you can often schedule your posts (e.g., Facebook).  There are also other options such as Hootsuite where you can schedule posts for several social media sites.  If you have time to sit down and schedule out your posts for the next 1-2 weeks, this allows you to set aside chunks of time to work on your own content.

Tip #3 Not everything you post on social media needs to be your original work.

The great thing about social media is that you are able to share other people’s content that matches up with the brand and mission of your endeavor.  With Twitter, this is particularly helpful as you Retweet others work related to your mission.  Many times you will make new connections with others in the same area as your own.  This helps you build a platform to chase whatever dream you’re chasing… so chase that dream already!!!

Tip #4 Network, network, network on social media.

Social media opens many doors to network with other bloggers, YouTubers, etc.  There are tons of groups run through Facebook where you can find other creators out there to ask questions of, cross-promote, and  just hang with others creating fabulous content.  A website called CoPromote offers ways for creators to cross-promote, but it is more helpful to use when you already have tons of followers on Twitter, subscribers on YouTube, etc.   You can sign-up for free at .  The more you engage on social media, the more you network, the more your platform grows!!!

So go ahead and tame that social media beast!!!

Did you find these tips helpful for expanding your social media platform?  Comment below with your other tips on Taming the Social Media Beast and follow us on Twitter @LearnWithKJ or Facebook at www.facebook.com/LearnWithKJ.

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Failure is Really Success

Failure Is Really Success

Finals week is to professors, as the full moon is to the Emergency Room staff.  If you’ve ever worked in a hospital, you know exactly what I’m talk about… if not, I bet you can imagine.

After posting grades, we inevitably get millions and billions of emails [okay probably really not that many] about things like, “What can I do to improve my grade?” [where were these emails in week 2?] or “I deserve such and such grade, so give it to me” [wait…that’s how that works?].  Of course we get tons of beautiful emails too, like “This class was really hard and I couldn’t have done it without you!” and “You went beyond what a professor does.  Thank you!” but it’s these other emails that I spent a lot of my day today thinking about.

In our culture, we fear what we perceive as failure.  We worry more about the grade than the actual learning, because the grade seems to be what people see as our success.  We spend so much time worrying about this pseudo-success, that we forget about taking those real risks that come with exponential rewards.  I’m not saying that America is a perfect meritocracy, I’m saying it’s okay to push your upper limits even if you don’t succeed.  It’s okay that you tried super freaking hard and still didn’t get what you wanted.  It’s okay to fail, not only is it okay to fail…

Failure is really success.  This is why.

1. If you’re not failing, you’re not trying hard enough. It’s super easy to set safe goals, that are more of a to do list than a list of goals.  If you are always succeeding, it’s because you’re not even trying to live up to your own potential.  And maybe for some parts of our lives, it is okay just to get by… but if that becomes your whole life, what were the purposes of your beautiful talents in the first place?

2. You learn even when you fail. I think one of the most important experiences in my life were through the Miss Missouri Organization.  By the haters on Voy Forums [imagine anonymous, mean girls with free reign of an internet forum], I was never a success.  And you know what, they were right.  I never actually won a pageant a day in my life.  I remember very vividly, one night, a group of girls and I read the forum before we competed that night.  The anonymous person essentially dubbed a group of us as pathetic pageant losers who would never win.  They listed their top three.  Naturally, none of us were on that list.  That night, I won runner up to a very talented woman who would later become Miss Missouri [she also wasn’t on the list of “winners’].  I’m not going to lie, I jumped up and down like a banshee after winning runner-up.  I don’t even want to know what the audience thought about my excitement for what many people would dub the first loser, and I really don’t care. People never realized that my journey in that wonderful system was more about my own development than other people’s approval.  From the system, I got money for graduate school and learned how to interview like nobody’s business.  I attribute the skills I learned with this system with almost every other success I’ve had, including getting into a Ph.D. program, an APA-Accredited internship, and my first job right out of graduate school as a professor.  I don’t see how those loses were ever a failure, especially now that I am an interviewing rock star!

3. It’s okay not to be perfect. If you’re busy living up to someone else’s expectations for your life, you’re going to do all of the things that make you look good on paper, rather than the experiences that you crave. That you want.  That you need. And one day you will resent it.

Other people’s definition of perfect most likely won’t match your own, so why would you want to live up to their standard?  In trying to be perfect, we lose the whole point.  We waste so much time trying to keep up these perfect appearances, that sometimes we lose sight of what means the most to us.  At this point in my life I much rather experience failure, than sell out and do what other people want me to do.

Ultimately, failure says nothing about you as a person.  How you handle failure does.  Thicken your skin, embrace failure, dust your shoulder off, and keep walking forward.

I’m ready to chase my dreams, even if it means going down in glorious flames.  Are you?

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Instant Gratification

Instant Gratification Multicolored

Hello.  My name is KJ.  And I’m a millennial… man that feels good to get off my chest.  As much as I would like to rationalize that I’m in the older portion of millennialism, there are some characteristics of my generation that I fail to escape.

I need.  I want… Instant Gratification.

This makes huge projects like Learn With KJ very difficult, especially when there are soooooo many things to do and trying to figure out how to prioritize can be just as hard.  What is Learn With KJ, you ask?  It is an innovative and upcoming platform for changing the way that people learn the toughest subjects.

Over the next few months, I plan on blogging about my progress with my Learn With KJ project on topics such as branding, efficiency, social media, and other topics to help you build a platform from which you can attain your own dreams (even if they’re very different from my own).  Join me as I move forward with this dream and as I move toward a fantabulous Launch Party!!!

Until next time,

KJ