A new kind of Cinderella story

The New York Times did a profile a couple of days ago about Jerome Jarre, a French 24-year-old who has risen to fame via his videos on Vine.  After a few entrepreneurial failures in the past, Jarre moved to New York and remained homeless for months.  But things started to turn around after he downloaded Vine and began posting videos.  Jarre has since managed to gain millions of followers and has also received job offers because of his social media skills.  In short, you could say social media transformed the life of this young guy–homeless to media sensation.

We all like these types of success stories.  To an extent, they’re almost unbelievable.  Can things like this really happen to the guy next door?  And because of something as small as short videos clips?  Is it possible for successes like these to really happen?  I’d like to answer with a resounding yes.

In this day and age, technology is booming, and new things are happening all the time.  You don’t have to be a computer guru anymore to create something amazing.  All you have to do is have the Internet in your dorm room (i.e., Mark Zuckerberg).  Also, with the rise of social media, it is easier now more than ever to spread your ideas to the rest of the world.  There’s a more level playing field, and innovation does not necessarily have to come from age, wealth or status. 

This is incredibly exciting to me, especially as a young adult.  It’s cool to think that someone from our class could very well come up with the next social media craze.  And it’s encouraging to see the ways in which my generation is leading the world into its future.  We may have our shortcomings (as mentioned in my last post), but we also have the ability to do great things.




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