Creatives I admire
The always insightful Seth Godin writes:
For generations, people dumped crap into the Hudson River. The river was so large and so swift that they assumed that the effluent wouldn’t come back to haunt them.
Of course, it did, killing the oyster beds and poisoning the public.
How big does a body of water have to be before we forget that we’re swimming in it? That it all comes around…
Why are we are okay at yelling at a stranger, but not our neighbor? We will abuse the department in the other building, but not down the hall…
It turns out that the pool/river/tub that we live in is far smaller than it seems. The culture of the place we work, the vibe of the community where we live. It’s all more connected than we realize.
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There’s some confusion here.
Of course it’s easy to shoot fish in a barrel.
The difficult part, the part no one talks about, is getting the fish into the barrel in the first place.
– Seth Godin
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400,000 pieces of LEGO were used to build this full-size volkswagen, including the folding tables, a sink, coffee set, gas stove, and artwork. there’s even a couple of toothbrushes and what looks like a tube of toothpaste.
Built by LEGO certified master model maker Rene Hoffmeister and Pascal Lenhardbuil.
After all. It is a new year. So much this. [via Seth Godin]:
If what you’re doing isn’t working
Perhaps it’s time to do something else.
Not a new job, or a new city, but perhaps a different story.
A story about possibility and sufficiency. A story about connection and trust. A story about for and with, instead of at or to.
But if that story isn’t getting you where you need to go, then what’s it for?
It’s entirely possible that the story we tell ourselves all day every day is true and accurate and useful, the very best representation of the world as it actually is.
It’s possible, but vanishingly unlikely.
If you can’t solo bootstrap it, get some help to install a new story. It’s worth it.
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Seth Godin is my Monday morning hero:
“Here we go again”
We all say that to ourselves.
The question is: when do you say it?
Do you say it when you’re being rejected, failing, stuck, panicked, overwhelmed or alone?
Or do you say it when you’re engaged, winning, changing things and in the groove?
Because the more you rehearse this feeling, the more it’s going to happen.
We get what we expect.
And we expect what we get.
The easiest way to change this cycle is to alter the scale we play in. If you keep failing at the big stuff, it’s worth honing the habit of succeeding at the small stuff first. And if you’re finding yourself in a rut, a cycle of failure, walk away from that series of projects and find a new field to plant your seeds in.