Johnson Cook

Atlanta tech investor. Entrepreneur.

Johnson Cook - Atlanta tech investor. Entrepreneur.

A Trick Next Time You’re in a Crowd


I have no idea where, how, or why I started doing this, but recently, I made an internal decision to do something crazy in public. When I’m walking around a conference, a networking event, a restaurant, or even the store, I do something  off-the-wall that most people don’t dare do…

…are you ready…?

…for no reason at all…

…right there in front of strangers and the world…

…I actually will…


It’s the oddest thing. I don’t know if someone told me this and I forgot, or if I observed it accidentally, but it is the neatest way to feel better, lighter on your feet, more confident, and more willing to say hello. It’s not difficult to smile.  My parents were right when they said it takes fewer muscles to smile than to frown, so there’s another plus. It’s a true source of energy for me, that I hope you will try.

Those who know me often have a hard time believing me when I say that I’m actually a little introverted.  Maybe it comes in waves, but sometimes I just don’t have the energy to meet new people, hear about their stories, and share mine. I would rather just hang out in the corner reading e-mails and conference materials. However, recently I was at a conference and I recognized that I was feeling pretty low on the energy level, so I decided to walk around smiling.  Who knew!?  Sure enough it turned around my whole mood.

Give it a try.  Actually, give it a try right now. Smile at the screen and notice how suddenly you just feel better.  Seriously… are you smiling right now?  Don’t make me hack your webcam and find out. Just smile, dude.



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