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Mar 06, 2019 12:56:13

Social wealth

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Following @abrahamKim's post, I have been thinking about social wealth. 

I am a believer that social wealth is very important for a person's well being. 

Through the years, I have met a few people that have added to my social wealth. True gems of character that I wanted to have in my life. After reading Abe's posts, I have started to make a conscious effort to improve my social wealth. 

Unfortunately, I am not a good judge of character. Everyone is fantastic until they prove that they are not. So I am careful at first. I especially do not enjoy people who are just looking for something in return - transactional friends

I have come to realize that I am a big fan of people that are empathetic and have developed a good sense of emotional intelligence. I don't want someone who is manipulative or insensitive to others in my social circle.

For example - I am NOT a fan of Steve Jobs. He was great in business I agree but  not that great towards other people. I personally wouldn't want someone like that as a friend. And I often wonder if he had true friends. 

Did Steve Jobs have social wealth?  

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    @keni This is some discussion.. I really can't answer for Steve Jobs. I've never gone the extra mile to read about him.
    That said.
    Social wealth is important, infact people are. The most important things of life aren't material (stuffs money can buy), hence this places human relations very high on the list. My pastor would say "excellence isn't in things but in men" (used in different context, but applies here abit). For some it's a lot of people, for some not so many.

    Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Mar 07, 2019 02:22:37
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      @seunoyebode - Yup I like your pastor already. That is exactly what I feel. People are the greatest source of joy and contentment. I would love to be a social billionaire :) - in quality not quantity.

      Keni avatar Keni | Mar 06, 2019 23:29:55
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    @keni The Woz would be an ideal person to answer your last question. I completely understand why you are not a fan of Steve Jobs. I think for me social wealth applies in the context of friends and personal relationships more than professional relationships. In professional relationships you might not have the luxury of interacting only with the individuals you choose. I have reverence for Steve Jobs, not personally because I never met him and have read all the horror stories about how he treated people. My reverence is more for the company that he created--Apple. I wrote about what Apple means to me in this article: https://theascent.pub/steve-jobs-gone-but-not-forgotten-this-is-my-apple-story-8fe917fad887

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Mar 06, 2019 12:07:33
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      @brandonwilson - Wow. I was moved by your writing. It is a beautiful piece. I knew people like apple products but your writing explains a lot about why. I love how your conclusion explains the connection with your dad. Very nice. Thank you for sharing. I say - Steve Jobs is lucky to have you write such a wonderful piece.
      My brother isn't a fan of apple products but I think he ought to read your writing.

      Keni avatar Keni | Mar 06, 2019 23:28:34
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      @keni I appreciate your kind words. I was hoping the story would resonate beyond Steve Jobs and Apple to include people who don't have the same connection as I do with Apple. By the way, a couple years ago while traveling to Boston I met Walt Mossberg, former tech writer for the Wall Street Journal. He met Steve Jobs and interviewed him many times. I managed to get Walt's email address, and shortly after our encounter I sent him a link to that story to get his opinion. His exact reply was the following: "Very nice Brandon. Thanks for sharing." My point of bringing this up is that your review blew away his review. :)

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Mar 07, 2019 08:02:51
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      @brandonwilson - :) Oh I need to meet this Walt fellow and give him some pointers :)

      Jokes aside - You are a very good writer and I could tell that it was an emotional piece for you. I respect your ability to articulate such powerful emotions the way you did.

      I am curious to know what your dad thought of the piece. For many reasons.

      Keni avatar Keni | Mar 07, 2019 10:34:25
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      @keni Sadly my dad never saw this article because he passed away in 2014. I get a lot of my writing chops from him. He was an engineer and technical writer. I remember emailing him a simple question, and I'd receive a lengthy response that was written like a magazine article. I'd like to think he would be proud of that one. I have a story I want to write about my dad, but this area is extremely emotional for me and I have to wait for the right time to go there.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Mar 07, 2019 09:01:25
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      @brandonwilson - Oh I am sorry to hear that. Your piece for Steve Jobs was more about your relationship with your father than anything else. I could feel that as I read the piece. I am sure your dad would probably have printed and framed that piece.

      I am a daddy's girl myself so I can understand what you mean about the topic being very emotional. My father is alive and I still found it too emotional to write a post about him and what he means to me. Tears get in the way of that type of writing. But in a way it is an everlasting tribute to the people we love and respect the most.
      Keep writing and I want to get an immediate alert whenever you decide to write about your dad.

      Keni avatar Keni | Mar 08, 2019 16:23:47
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