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Self Made Myth

February 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Western societies, especially the good ole USA, revere the myth of the “self-made” man. Even though many people might consider some of my greatest influencers; Seth Godin, Leo Babauta, Hugh MacLeod, and Scott Berkun self-made men, all of them depend on what Godin defines as “tribes” for their livelihood. And they’ll all humbly admit it – which is why I’m a fan.

I recently listened to Leo interview Seth on the subject of tribe-building for writers. Here are some tidbits of sage advice served up by Mr. Godin:

  • Don’t get upset by the fact that you don’t have a vision and can’t tell what’s coming next.
  • The core of any worthwhile, enduring business is not about maximizing profit.
  • You’ve got to embrace a willingness to fail.
  • Get that voice out of your head so you can do your best work. (D’oh!)
  • Don’t write for strangers – you don’t need a huge “tribe“, and thus, you don’t have to dilute your message.
  • Forget about writing “how to” books anymore. People just look it up online.
  • People hate reading, so keep it short.

The first four bullets are not just applicable to aspiring writers, no?

Weirdos

December 4, 2011 Leave a comment

On the top left, we have a recent Hugh MacCleod cartoon. On the top right, we have the cover of Seth Godin’s book, “We’re all Weird“. On the bottom center, we have the Zappos.com 10 core values. Do ya think these people are onto something?

Where are you on this scale?

12/05/11 UPDATE

One courageous reader sent me a pic with his position on the scale:

Any other takers?

Spreading Ideas

November 7, 2010 Leave a comment

In the list below, Seth Godin hits the nail on the head when he exposes the top 20 reasons why one person spreads another person’s idea. As I scanned the list, I looked for, and circled the reasons why I try to propagate my own crappy ideas. After all, being a self-centered narcissist, it’s all about me.

Notice that I didn’t circle any of the altruistic ones like the me-version of number 1: “I spread my idea because it makes me feel generous“. How about you? Why do you spread your own ideas?

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Some Of My Heroes

September 29, 2009 3 comments

“We’re just two wild and crazy guys” – Yortuk and Georg Festrunk

Wild And Crazy Guys

Unlike the quote above, Joe Walsh’s “I’m just an ordinary average guy” fits me to a tee. In spite of this, I’d like to think that I’m open to new ideas and thinking. At the moment, here are some of my favorite, inspirational, weird, and forward looking (but pragmatic) thinkers:

Check out what one or more of these whack jobs have to say if  you’re yearning to explore and discover new opportunities that may crack the  concrete in your brain and challenge your same-old, same-old mental models of the world. If you think there is an “edge” to my blarticle posting style, then you should give all the credit to those dudes.

Who are your favorite thinkers, visionaries, and potential status-quo busters? What, you don’t have any? Why not?

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