This is a good dose of kick @$$ and perfectly in line with our post this week.
So far for me I’m taking from it the idea of re-baselining where we are at in life, re-connecting with what it is we want to be doing, and recognizing the fact that our strengths don’t necessarily mean the things we are experts at. They are the things we naturally approach with the most vitality and enthusiasm.
I'm averaging approximately ~2 quotoons per chapter so far. It's a good one.
I read Seth's books slowly. They usually (always) change my mind and I need to make many side notes/doodles.
This quote spurs many different thoughts but what I appreciate most is that Seth reminds us - don't wait until someone invites you to innovate. Innovating doesn't require budgets or permission. We're here to break rules....
This book was written in 2009. It's not even that old but I still got a kick out of some of the discussions around 'new technology', for example, explaining in detail how Twitter works: 'it let's people share small chunks of information with an audience of followers all day long by cell phone'....what! that's incredible! It feels like somebody explaining how a microwave works, and this book isn't even that old.
I never tire though of reading stories about people who have gone after their dreams and love reading the minutiae of how they did it. That's what makes good stories really, literally seeing the actions that a character takes to get their desire. There are still some good general tactics in this book but for me the inspiration factor was the big draw.
So, this quotoon ties nicely into our post this week about action and also ties to a theme we've been discussing a lot here in the newsletter recently - 'Belief'.
I don't think we can ever spend too much time discussing how our beliefs are the most important tool we have to accomplishing our goals. What I like about this quote is that it addresses the issue head on that belief alone is not some magical elixir that simply magnetizes fame and good fortune to randomly come into your life.
The purpose of belief is it's impact that it has on your actions. So at that, here is Fields:
'The Dip' by Seth Godin
May 31, 2019
Your quotoon this week is from one of my favorites, Seth Godin and is more 'quote' than 'toon' this week but it made my hair stand up when I first read it and it will give you something to think about for the rest of the day.
It comes from his book, The Dip, which has the subtitle, '...when to quit (and when to stick)'.
You might ask where do these Quotoons comes from? Mostly from what I'm reading at the time but I also like to go back and revisit books that have had impacts on me in the past. I've come up with a new way of revisiting these treasures.
When I journal in the morning I started a new ritual of pulling out an old book from the shelf that I'll use to rest my hand on when I'm writing on the right side of the journal. The book of the day depends on how far into the journal I am - I need the right thickness so that my hand is on level with the blank page. I started reading a couple quotes from the choice book before I got started scribbling, you know to lube up the mind and then this got me to start being more particular with the book selection ritual. Now I find myself choosing based on both thickness AND what type of power I am in need of. What type of wisdom I might need for my daily antidote.
I like to mark my books extensively when I read them so that I can always go back and quickly revisit the main points (or bang out a couple of new Quotoons). Nikki says it's like a mad scientist. I'll show you some pics sometime.