My LinkedIn connections are blocking my human potential

Matt Hyams
May 4, 2016 · 3 min read

I’ve been feeling in a rut lately, like I’m just living the same stale day over and over again. My job is the same routine, my social life consists of the same jokes, with the same friends, at the same bars, drinking the same drinks, day in day out.

I’m on a treadmill of existence, recycling experiences, never growing, never changing, never realizing my full potential! So I woke up today and said ENOUGH.

Today I am going to be honest with myself. I’m going to take a long hard look in the mirror and face my fears.

But before I do that, I’m going to take a long, hard look at my LinkedIn connections to see who can be let go and disconnected.

I don’t want to make excuses for myself anymore and I really feel only when my LinkedIn profile is pure and clean of ambiguous connections can I lead an honest and dynamic life.

So, Lorrie Binghamton, while I appreciate your career track of sales and marketing and your recommending me for PowerPoint skills, despite the fact that I don’t know you (or PowerPoint), I can’t live a lie anymore. The pretense that we have any professional or personal connection is ruining my ambition. Have a nice life…without my professional endorsement.

I am already starting to feel invigorated. Making these changes in my life is already having a positive physiological effect, which is why I’m letting you go, Jim Tracy. Just go. Get out of my life already!

Just because we had a phone call once about your SEO services which I frankly didn’t understand and never wanted doesn’t mean you can go around touting our connection, which doesn’t exist. I’m trying to effect positive change in my life, admit my shortcomings, and you are doing everything you can — by not doing anything at all (nice try) — to stymie my progress.

Michael Kechner. Who are you? Literally — who are you? I kept you around until now because I don’t actually know what LinkedIn is but now I see you are exploiting my ignorance and blocking my human potential. It says here you’re in real estate. Here’s a real estatement for you: not interested.

I am feeling lighter and more genuine already. I just caught my reflection in my computer screen and it didn’t make me wince. Clearly I’m becoming myself, thanks to blocking Todd O’Shaughnessy and his talent for social media.

Adios, Stephanie Grant and your stable job at Integrated Services Media, hello Me!

Sayonara, Elizabeth Frankel! Nice try diverting me from my true inner self. Have fun selling your ad space to someone less actualized.

Arrivederci, Bob Plotkin! Your retail management experience was the last shroud hovering over my identity.

PHEW! I can see the big picture once again. I can walk in my own shoes, with my own two feet. Now I just have to figure out what LinkedIn does. But at least it’ll be me who is figuring it out and not some alias that other business professionals wish I were…was? Is it who I were or who I was?


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