I have someone who handles my schedule and books appointments for me when people call the office. However, one day in passing, the phone was ringing so I impulsively answered it. There was a pleasant voice on the other end – a young lady who claimed she came across my Facebook page and was eager to schedule a psychic readings with me. “You’re the real deal,” she exclaimed with a giddy tone in her voice. “I can’t believe I’m actually talking to a celebrity on the phone!” she said. I was flattered, and I asked if she had been referred by a friend or family member who had previous seen me. The nice lady explained that she had never actually heard of me before, but knew that I was the “real deal” because I had 17,000 Facebook followers on my social media page. We exchanged pleasantries for a few moments before I took down her information and said I’d have my office manager call her back to set up the appointment.

While I’m entirely grateful for having had the chance to speak with her, I was a little baffled by her take on what makes a person “the real deal”. Apparently, the world we live in has convinced some people that the measuring stick for professional success is not our character or the quality of the services we offer, but the number of followers on our social media pages. Lord help us! Having 17,000 “likes” on my Facebook page does not make me the real deal. I’d like to think that if I’m the real deal it’s only because I, myself, am real. And genuine. And down to Earth. And that I deliver quality psychic readings with integrity, compassion, and honesty.

The popularity contest that social media has become is a very ego-driven concept. Truthfully, I think it’s kind of silly. Someone with 17,000 likes is no better than another person with 170. Furthermore, having a massive social media following is not necessarily a reflection of a person’s skill level. For example, the best psychic on planet Earth might be someone who isn’t on Facebook whatsoever. And, there might be below-average psychics out there who have a massive following on social media – not because of their psychic abilities, but simply because they’re entertaining and likeable. See what I mean? A person’s internet popularity is not an accurate measuring stick for the quality of their professional services.

More and more, it seems like people are judged according to how well-known they are on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram. Sadly, there are teenagers out there who are developing self-esteem issues because they’re not as popular as they’d like to be on social media. People seem to be more concerned about becoming “internet famous” than they are developing their character and working towards real life goals. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not knocking social media in general. It’s a helpful tool in terms of communicating with one another and promoting one’s business. I’m entirely grateful for every person who follows me via Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. It’s a great way to stay in touch! But, social media can be an ego-driven machine that really has no bearing on whether or not a person is “the real deal”.

So, today, I’m going to spread a little joy to others. I’m going to give some psychic readings that I can be proud of. I’m going to kiss my wife and tell her I love her. I’m going to spoil my pets and take my dog for a walk. I’m going to spend some quality time with my daughter – being silly and making her laugh. I’m going to do the dishes so my wife doesn’t have to do them when she gets home from work. These things are what make me “the real deal”.