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MSU alumnus Erik Qualman – better known as Equal Man – likes to empower people.

“My mission is to empower 7 billion people this century,” he says. Equal Man does that through edu-tainment.

Qualman relates specific tactics to help one achieve empowerment and be a “superhero.”

Equal Man is well known for his best seller Socialnomics. Now, though, he’s finding he has to write about focus.

“Some people have stepped too far into the technology and are walking around like zombies with their phones in their face.” He says we need to step back a bit from the technology. “The technology is great, but you can’t replace face-to-face.”

Qualman says social media is here to stay, even if it does become less of an overwhelming force in our lives over time.

Erik Qualman is on the cover of the newly designed Michigan State University Alumni Magazine now titled Spartan. The Spartan issue featuring Equal Man on the cover focuses on entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship has become somewhat of a buzzword that means different things to different people. He thinks entrepreneurship is a mindset more than anything else.

Some people think a person is born with entrepreneurial skills, while others think these skills can be learned and honed.

“Entrepreneurs are made; they’re not born.”

Equal Man explains why he thinks it’s important that we all stay curious throughout our lives. And he says it’s important that we always have a firm destination in mind. “But be flexible in your path on how you get there.”

When Erik Qualman and I first spoke over 7 years ago, he correctly predicted the rise of mobile driving social and social driving mobile. He’s excited about some interesting developments he sees in our future, like mobile voting and self-driving vehicles.

Look for more on MSU alumnus Erik Qulman, aka Equal Man, on the cover of the Fall 2017 edition of Spartan, Michigan State University’s Alumni Magazine.

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