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#ShootYourShot: A Guide To A Succesful DM

#ShootYourShot: A Guide To A Succesful DM

Twitter has many uses, a real time news source, a direct bridge to your more famous people of the world, a great networking tool, and a pseudo-dating site. Popularized by the hashtag #shootyourshot people everywhere have turned "sliding into someone's DMs" into a sport. Now while some shots go awry, more often than not, shooting ones shot has produced some excellent results. Shoot your shot success stories are littered all over social media from improbable hook ups to marriages. Unfortunately some people take #shootyourshot a bit too literally and often get embarrassed by the dreaded screen shot. Shooting ones shot shouldn't resemble Carlton stealing the ball from The Fresh Prince during the waning seconds of a Bel-Air Prep game, rather it should be as much of a sure thing as possible. Let's face it we all aren't as skilled as we may think and miracles happen far and few between. So before you muster up the courage to dive into that famous IG models DMs proceed with caution and follow these simple steps to a more successful percentage. Here are a few pointers:

1. Think efficiently - I rather go 3/5 from the field than 1/8 and so should you. The problem with shooting your shot is it shouldn't be a half court heave or fall away buzzer beater every time. Shooting your shot doesn't mean you won, it means someone is considering letting you play a bit more. Try to shoot the shots you have a better chance of making and play your results. You know whatever it is you're trying to accomplish. With that being said...

2. Outcome - What are you trying to gain by shooting your shot? A fling, something a bit more meaningful? If you're trying to have the best summer ever, you're probably J.R. Smith with the team down by 5 with four minutes left. A bunch of unnecessary step back 3's hoping to land one and getting hot. If he/she is someone you might want to get locked away a few winters with you're probably Robert Horry anticipating landing that "Big Shot". Speaking of....

3. Patience - Don't be the next contestant on that summer jam screen. Sometimes a shot takes forever to land. Shoot too much and that screen shot exhibiting ones thirst will get you strung up by your thumbs. If they don't respond they're are plenty of others. This is a marathon not a race. Take your time.

4. "Follow" Through - Make sure this person is a mutual follow. My personal rule is the more RTs and likes you get the better the chances. If you're just randomly selecting people to follow who don't even acknowledge your online existence, chances are they may not even respond to your DM. If they laugh, comment, emoji, you often enough chances are they waiting for that inbox to light up.

5. Respect the Game - Being discreet, respectful, witty in banter is key. You want to turn that interaction into an exchange of numbers. You want to get out of that DM and transition into that conversation. If things don't pan out, be mature about it. Remember this is just a shot whether it be high percentage or a desperation heave from deep. And finally...

6. We Talking About Practice?! - Yup we certainly are. Casual responses to DMs can help you build up the courage for the real thing. Attempt some genuine interactions with people you share common interests with. Get all of those corny, lazy introductions out as soon as you can so you can prepare for the real thing. Once you think you have a mastery of the DM, shoot away!

Hope these few tips give you a more consistent Tim Duncan rating in shooting your shot. Prosper and wrap it up.

LEGENDS: Ja Rule

LEGENDS: Ja Rule

Talent Will ALWAYS Win

Talent Will ALWAYS Win