|Seth Godin, Thank You
||[23 Apr 2010|10:58pm]
I just went to Seth Godin's blog page http://sethgodin.typepad.com/, and listened to his 45 minute seminar. At the beginning of the seminar, I thought to myself, 'there's no way I'm going to be able to sit through all of this and pay attention to what this guy is saying'.
But I listened to it, and I rewinded certain parts to relisten to them, and I noted down certain things he said that resonated with me. And... it's just so funny.
I have been living with the belief that has been growing inside of me, and it keeps growing every day, that taking risks is a good thing. That wanting to change [and changing] is a very good thing. That doing what you love NOW, regardless as to whether or not you're broke [which I am], will be more broke [which I will be.. wait, not possible], is worth everything .
People have come up to me lately, who I've spoken to about regarding my wanting to pursue a career in music, and have called me crazy. They've called me crazy because:
- I'm quitting a stable job [which I actually did, just yesterday], that guarantees financial stability, to do something that has little to no financial stability.
- I'm giving up time in my life where I might fail at what I'm doing and find myself in debt, and having to return to where I was before I started, and build another career from scratch, all over
- No certainty in winning, whatsoever, but certainty in a lot of hardships and pain
- When will I start a family, when will I pay off my debts, when will I settle down, when will I find a husband, when will I 'make it'
You know what my response to this has been, and is? Bring it on . Seth didn't say this, but I believe that if you're not suffering for your art in some way, than you're not trying hard enough. Whenever people name me the above list, I say: I want to be rejected. If I'm not, than I'm not trying hard enough.
But the thing that I know, that Seth Godin Really knows is that the alternative is far far worse. I am afraid, but what am I afraid of? And this is something he mentioned that once again, resonated. He said that what's scary is *not* trying to be the best [relative to whatever standard you have], and just letting life go by. And that is my main fear. Of course, I'm also afraid that it won't succeed the way I want it to, but if I don't try, I might as well start digging my grave now.
It's funny to see how differently people approach it or view it. It's like sitting on opposite sides of the table with someone. And I can't sit down and calculate and measure what brought me to this point. I can easily say it was engineering, or my current, soon to be terminated, job. Basically doing something I don't love. But could that alone have pushed me to the edge, spending time ignoring what's inside? Or is it just that I, personally, *need* to let out what's inside? And at a much more constant basis than just as a hobby.
Anyways, I just found that his words resonated very much. Here are some, not all of the quotes that I paticularly liked:
"There is no competence shortage, and if all you have is competence to offer, why on earth will we pay you extra?"
"Either you break rules, or you follow rules. Once you decide to break rules, then you can make intelligent choices about which rules to break."
"If what's at stake is not clear, people will ignore that and stick with the current fear."
Anyhew, there are a bunch, so I urge you to just to listen/read up on him. He's an eye/ear opener.