While discussing Seth Godin's latest book, Small is the New Big, I particularly enjoyed Seth's answer to Guy's question:
Question: What are the five things that enabled you to be successful? Answer: If we define success as the ability to make a living doing what I do, I’d say the following:
- No ulterior motive. I rarely do A as a calculated tactic to get B. I do A because I believe in A, or it excites me or it’s the right thing to do. That’s it. No secret agendas.
- I don’t think my audience owes me anything. It’s always their turn.
- I’m in a hurry to make mistakes and get feedback and get that next idea out there. I’m not in a hurry, at all, to finish the “bigger” project, to get to the finish line.
- I do things where I actually think I’m right, as opposed to where I think succeeding will make me successful. When you think you’re right, it’s more fun and your passion shows through.
- I’ve tried to pare down my day so that the stuff I actually do is pretty well leveraged. That, and I show up. Showing up is underrated.
Well said. "I'm in a hurry to make mistakes and get feedback and get that next idea out there." This thought runs through everything I was trying to say in my early Blog Transparency post.
Let me add Seth's latest book to my reading list now.