Ian Anderson Gray Is Not A Guru

Ralph M. RiveraEntrepreneurship3 Comments

Ian Anderson Gray Is Not A Guru. Unlike a guru, Ian has not yet achieved enlightenment and will likely not turn into a ball of light any time soon. And that's good news for me.

Ian Anderson Gray is not a guru.

He lacks some degree of knowledge.

He lacks some degree of experience.

There’s a ton of stuff he doesn’t know.

He makes a lot of mistakes.

Sometimes he has no idea what he’s talking about.

Oh, and one more thing…

He’s one of my heroes.

Recently I read an article where Ian was referred to as a guru not once, but twice. I’ll let him explain how he feels about it, but I’ll tell you what I think: He’s not a guru. He’s not all knowing and omniscient. What he is is a brilliant thinker. A strategist. A man who can see all the pieces on the board and tactically execute brilliant moves. But that comes at a cost. He’s constantly learning. Constantly enhancing his skills. Constantly challenging himself.

Unlike a guru, Ian has not yet achieved enlightenment and will likely not turn into a ball of light any time soon.

And that’s good news for me because I have the great privilege of participating in a mastermind with him and his insights and outside the box thinking makes me and my business stronger every day. In fact, he’s so important to my daily operations that I have two clocks in my office. Eastern time and Ian time.

In case you don’t already know, Ian holds the coveted title of Chief Executive Research Dude over at the Web.Search.Social Podcast. He earned that title because he’s a masterful thinker, author and speaker in the marketing and social media spaces. He holds no ideological position that he isn’t willing to concede if presented with evidence.

Gurus don’t need to do that. Because they know it all.

So to be clear, Ian isn’t a guru, but he is fucking awesome.

He also hates when I curse.

These are my 300 words for the day. I am Ralph M. Rivera.

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Hi, I'm Ralph! I'm a web developer and founder of Rahvalor Interactive, a creative marketing services company based in Holmdel, New Jersey. I founded Rahvalor in 1999 with my wife and business partner Carol Lynn, and in January 2012 we created Web.Search.Social as a branded service offering that brings enterprise-level services to small businesses in an affordable way. My primary role is programming and development, and with 25 solid years of marketing experience behind me, I write, consult and develop strategy for our customers. I'm also the CTO of Triberr and I teach web development at Manhattan College in New York City. Carol Lynn and I live near the coast in central New Jersey, less than an hour from the place of my birth – the island of Manhattan. We are at the constant beck and call of Ash, our 17-year-old American Shorthair cat. I'm also trying to build a flux capacitor, but that's not going as well as the other stuff I do.
  • I was starting to wonder where you were going with this one, Ralph, but I am glad you clarified things. As you know, I am not a fan of the word “guru” or “expert”. They make it sound like you’ve “made it” or “already there”. But none of us are. None of us will ever be. It’s a constant journey. I loved what Mark W. Schaefer said at Social Media Marketing World “I’m not an expert, I’m a student”. So true- and that’s from one of the most respected marketers out there (except you of course).

    I also liked what reformer, John Hus said:

    From the earliest time of my studies I have set up for myself the rule that whenever I discern a sounder opinion in any matter whatsoever, I gladly and humbly abandon the earlier one. For I know that those things I have learned are but the least in comparison with what I do not.

  • Hey Ralph,

    I agree with the reasoning behind not being called a guru. Like Ian said, I don’t ever think that any one person ever really knows it all. We’re always learning, evolving and growing so being labeled a guru or expert is just uncomfortable to me.

    I do agree with you though that Ian is awesome. He’s pretty darn high up there though on my list but glad he views things this was as well.

    Great share for a great guy.

    ~Adrienne

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