If someone asks you that, are you excited to tell them the answer? I hope so. If not, you’re wasting away. No matter what your job is, no matter where you work, there’s a way to create a project (on your own, on weekends if necessary), where the excitement is palpable, where something that might … Read more
I’ve heard more people in my lifetime be terrified of telling anybody about their big plans/dreams because they’re afraid they’ll jinx their chances of succeeding. Being afraid of jinxing something is bullshit! Not telling trusted colleagues and supportive friends is what causes you to shrivel. Your fear of the jinx IS the jinx! The above … Read more
He bootstrapped himself. A scrawny little kid at 15, he decided to change who he was and how he was perceived, and then he did. The deciding was as important as the doing. He went to the edges. He didn’t merely open a small gym, a more pleasant version of a boxing gym, for instance. … Read more
http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2010/12/tropes.html Cliches When you launch a new idea or project into the world, you’ll probably use connections to what has come before as a way to tell your story. Caribou Coffee, for example, uses all sorts of metaphors and cues and even verbal tropes that we learned from Starbucks. These signals help us understand that … Read more
[iframe: src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/9401903?portrait=0″ width=”500″ height=”281″ frameborder=”0″]Sunny Bates on Linchpins, Passion and Fear from Seth Godin on Vimeo. [iframe: src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/9185295?portrait=0″ width=”500″ height=”281″ frameborder=”0″]Linchpin: GaryVee [Gary Vaynerchuk] from Seth Godin on Vimeo.
The Rebirth of Seth Godin and Death of Traditional Publishing: How Authors Really Make Money http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2010/08/23/seth-godin-and-print-publishing/ Bonus: Tim Ferriss, author of #1 New York Times Bestseller “The 4-Hour Workweek” and Ramit Sethi, New York Times best-selling author of “I Will Teach You To Be Rich,” in video at end of post.
Does that critic or that buyer or that spouse or that girlfriend or that investor really matter as much as you think they do? Read Seth Godin’s full article “Trying to please”: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2010/06/trying-to-please.html
Seth Godin, June 13, 2010 Delight the audience you already have, amaze the customers you can already reach, dazzle the small investors who already trust you enough to listen to you. Take the permission you have and work your way up. Entrepreneurial hope is essential. It gets us over the hump and through the dip. … Read more
By Seth Godin: Hourly work vs. linchpin work There’s a gulf between hourly work and linchpin work. You should pay people by the hour when there are available substitutes. When you rely on freelancers you can put a value on their time based on what the market is paying. If there are six podiatrists in … Read more