Seth Godin: If not now, when?

I’ve shared Mr. Godin’s writings before, and thought today, as a U.S. citizen, it a timely, relevant, quick read.

Care a little more.

Show up.

Embrace possibility.

Tell the truth.

Dive deeper.

Seek the truth behind the story.

Ask the difficult question.

Lend a hand.

Dance with fear.

Play the long game.

Say ‘no’ to hate.

Look for opportunities, especially when it seems like there aren’t any left.

Risk a bigger dream.

Take care of the little guy.

Offer a personal insight.

Build something magical.

Keep your promises.

Do work that matters.

Expect more.

Sign your work.

Be generous for no reason.

Give the benefit of the doubt.

Develop empathy.

Make your mom proud.

Take responsibility.

Give credit.

Play by a better set of rules.

Choose your customers.

Choose your reputation.

Choose your future.

Thank the ref.

Reward patience.

Leap.

Breathe.

Because we can.

It really is up to us. Which is great, because we’re capable of changing everything if we choose.

All we can do is all we can do, but maybe, all we can do is enough.

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Engaging Connection

With a U.S. recognized holiday approaching, families (by creation or design) will gather to share their time, hearty food creations and perhaps a thanks or two for all that is good and kind in their lives. Others will be spending the holiday in other ways, significant to them, and perhaps also with dedicated recognition of blessings and good fortune.

Whether solo or many, here is an engaging way for all of us to be connected through a shared word/story experience. Here, via Seth Godin, a free resource and idea for your U.S. Thanksgiving or a time of dedicated thanks-giving wherever you are in the world.

A Thanksgiving Reader, http://www.thethanksgivingreader.com/

Decisions

I am a huge fan of the information Seth Godin shares.  He is generous with his thoughts and strategies. His marketing strategies are often relative to life experiences.  Our family is in the midst of change, making decisions and navigating best directions.  So yes, this post from Seth Godin is about market competition. And I find it a philosophical as well as practical thought offering for making daily decisions.  What do you think?  Do you see the same connection?

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2015/05/how-to-go-faster.html

How to go faster

How do you get to market faster than the competition? How do you become more efficient without violating the laws of physics? How do you save time, money and frustration?

It all comes down to decision hygiene:

1. Make decisions faster. You rarely need more time. Mostly, you must merely choose to decide. The simple test: is more time needed to gather useful data, or is more time merely a way to postpone the decision?

2. Make decisions in the right order. Do the decisions with the most expensive and time-consuming dependencies first. Don’t ask the boss to approve the photos once you’re in galleys, and don’t start driving until you’ve looked at the map.

3. Only make decisions once, unless new data gives you a profitable reason to change your mind.

4. Don’t ask everyone to help you decide. Ask the people who will either improve the decision or who have input that will make it more likely you won’t get vetoed later.

5. Triage decisions. Some decisions don’t matter. Some decisions are so unimportant that they are trumped by speed. And a few decisions are worth focusing on.

You don’t need a consultant or a lot of money to radically improve your speed to market. You will speed up once you’re comfortable going faster.