This is the 15th in a series of 16 posts. If you are just joining in, read this post first. It will give you the whole back story about how this series came about. If you’ve missed any, this link will take you to the ones I’ve already published.
Few authors have had a bigger impact on me than Seth Godin (and there are millions of others he’s impacted as well). I’ve applied his work to my business and my life. He has a knack for writing right to you, for calling your bluff, and making it seem completely idiotic to settle for anything less than being remarkable. He is work is so expansive that it would be impossible for me to link to it all, but I highly recommend reading Linchpin if you haven’t, especially if you feel like you are capable of more.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, he said something at one of his events that stopped me in my tracks and was a catalyst for me to explore a new path. During a Q&A session, I asked him what keeps him awake at night. He answered (paraphrased), “I’ve been very fortunate to have earned the attention of many people through my work. I have a successful blog, I’ve written many books, and at least for right now, many people are giving me their attention. What keeps me awake is I’m afraid of wasting that opportunity. I’m not afraid of blowing it, but I am very afraid of wasting it.”
Seth was the first person I emailed for this series. I asked him this question:
“As I stare into the unknown and embark on a new journey, one filled with potential, uncertainty, and the chance to create something meaningful, what is the one piece of advice you’d be willing to share?”
Here’s his reply:
“the most important piece of advice?Go!everything else is commentary.”