As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog, I don’t actually work for Buffer.  I want to work for Buffer.  I’m acting as if and doing the work now so they can see I’m truly passionate about working for them.  

Today’s blog is about Buffer Core Value #2, Default to Transparency.  Choosing to be transparent is a difficult thing for anyone, but for Buffer to default to transparency and tell the world all about was a brave thing.  I admire the folks at Buffer for that.

I’ve been accused of being transparent and I’m OK with it because my brand of transparency is honest.  I once got involved in politics because I believed the average Joe needed representation.  I mixed and mingled with power brokers and legislators but I never played games or blew smoke up anyone’s butt.  When a gubernatorial candidate wanted my support and I declined, I took the opportunity to be transparent and tell him that I didn’t think mud-slinging or smear campaigning were honorable ways to do business or politics.

He wasn’t happy, but he understood.

He later became the Governor, and I understood.

The stand I took was something that wasn’t done, but I felt it was the right thing to do.

(I’ve since given up politics.  I’m not comfortable with that party, nor am I comfortable with most political practices in general.) 

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This blog is loaded with me sharing beliefs, failures, strengths and decisions.  I’ve chronicled my many attempts to get healthier, work I’ve done, how I live my life, and more.  I’ve received criticism from several people over the years because they felt I shared too much and opened myself up for criticism (ironic, huh?).  I’ve received ten times as many thanks for being honest about my conditions and battles because it has helped others to tackle their own.  It is both humbling and encouraging to have people tell you that they gained some tiny bit of strength from your transparency.

I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Tomorrow I’ll talk about Buffer’s Core Value #3, Having a Focus on Self Improvement.