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“Follow your bliss,” is a quote I like a lot. Makes sense. Do what you want to do because you should know what’s best. While it’s certainly true, it’s also true that with the new, networked world, you no longer have to “follow your bliss” entirely. Why not have other people suggest a “bliss” within your area of interest(s)? Why not ask a friend on Facebook or pose the question to an entire forum? What should my bliss be? How can I follow it? Why not crowdsource?

Brian has done just that. He’s new to NYC and has found difficulty in the dating world. But things are about to change for him. We, the internet masses, have the opportunity to help him overcome this challenge. He’s decided to crowdsource his dating efforts and looks to go on 30 dates in thirty days. His site lists tasks that we can help him with, from match-making to date ideas. Why not date him yourself?

It’s not a bad idea. In fact, it’s a pretty good idea. Not necessarily as a means of getting lucky in NYC/marketing, but as a general rule to live by. I think some of crowdsourcing’s principles are things we already do quite naturally, though there’s always room for improvement. Here are things to consider, with the hope of evading self-righteousness:

-Listening: Everyone’s got things to say. Everyone. Less listening means less knowing.

Asking: A better question, better trajectory, a better answer.

-Doing: Try what the crowd suggests. Then try the thing they’ve warned against.

Essentially, crowdsourcing aims to find richness in places that were, until recently, considered to be barren. Fortunately for us, the world is a much more fertile place than we could have imagined. ┬áSo, yes, “follow your bliss,” but be flexible. And good luck to Brian. Sounds like it’ll be an exhausting month.

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