Seth Godin is one of my very favorite voices in the world today. He’s a Thought Leader who has written an obscene number of books, he blogs daily and he’s a TED superstar. The essence of his message is this:
You are an artist and the world needs your gifts so stop screwing around and get your voice out there. Today!
I go back to Seth again and again, via blog, or book, or podcast, to get spanked into action by his passionate plea for each of us to share what matters to you, despite the fear that others may think you’re full of shit. In fact if it’s any good at all, you can count on some people disagreeing with you. Because that’s what happens when you take a stand about anything. You might offend people. You might upset people. Or scariest of all, you might get criticized.
Seth (yeah, we’re on a first-name basis) asks us to boldly face that universal fear of being criticized and take the risk of being remarkable anyway.
“If the only side effect of the criticism is that you will feel bad about the criticism, then you have to compare that bad feeling with the benefits you’ll get from actually doing something worth doing. Being remarkable is exciting, fun, profitable and great for your career. Feeling bad wears off.”
God I love that man.
Spank On, Seth. I know that I for one need to be reminded again and again that it takes major courage to do work that matters.