Is your real personal life and digital professional life mixing?

Real life vs. Digital life.

Where should you spend more time?  Of course, real life.

What will last longer? Umm. That’s easy. Digital life.

How do you keep your personal life separate? Is that even possible nowadays.  You know the govt’s tracking you. And the credit card companies. And your local grocery with its reward card.  What difference does it make?

Where should you spend more time?  There’s a balancing act to it.

My wife and I do a lot of things.  Mud runs, motorcycles, beaches, drive-ins, etc…  It’s a busy real life and I don’t mind sharing it with the world because I get good feedback from it.  My extended family loves the photos and videos.

But it also helps enhance my professional life.  People know probably more than they want to know but that’s ok with me. You can see I’m real and have a life – not just a digital one.

I believe that your digital life can amplify and enhance your real life – but if you aren’t prepared to shape that digital life it can do some serious damage to you and your personal brand.

Of course, your real life will be over someday and hopefully you are leaving lasting memories with everyone you come into contact with – but your digital life will probably last forever so you should treat it like that.  A scrapbook that others will look through when you are gone.  Treat it accordingly.

How do you keep your personal life separate?  I honestly don’t think it’s possible right now.  Digital is so ingrained in our lives.  If you want to protect yourself, buy the right tools to do it.  What are those tools? I honestly don’t know. Everything I’ve heard of is related to scams like the Identity Theft stuff.  Here’s the PPT I shared with a group a little while back discussion your personal and professional brand and how they are blended together.

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