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Inspiration for the tribe

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You may have heard of Seth Godin. If you haven’t, I would recommend you read his blog. Or even better, read one of his books.

I enjoy Seth’s writing. Some of his books have been inspirational for me. So, I was intrigued when one of our Smarter Eggs, Jonathan Amm, highlighted to me an interesting collaborative project that had been organised for Seth’s 50th birthday. Given that his writing has featured in every Smarter Egg learning group so far, I felt duty bound to participate.

I invited some of the Smarter Egg community (tribe) to share how Seth had inspired them. I collected some of the inputs and submitted this piece to the project.

(Congratulations to Ben Love for spearheading this initiative and thanks again to Roger Overall for his wonderful photography).

Want to be more successful? Listen to audiobooks.

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There is a quote, which is often attributed to Mark Twain, that goes something like this:

A person who doesn’t read has no advantage over one who can’t.

The truth is that most of us don’t read very much at all. And for those that do, a lot of that reading time is spent with newspapers, magazines or miscellaneous work-related papers and articles.

Most people don’t read books. Most business people don’t read enough books. Yet, if you ask them, they will admit that they should read more. Common reasons that business people will give are not having enough time, not knowing what books to read and not finding books that interest them.

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Resistance, procrastination & Seth Godin

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What is it that causes us to delay action? What is it that causes us to procrastinate?

Steven Pressfield calls it Resistance. His wonderful book, ‘The War of Art’, explores this concept better than any other book I have found on the topic. It’s a book I use in the Smarter Egg Overcoming Procrastination programmes.

This quote captures the essence of the idea:

Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.

If you have ever wanted to do something new, exciting and rewarding but found yourself not quite getting there, then you have already met Resistance. As far as I can see, we all have.

I was intrigued to see recently that Seth Godin is now exploring this very topic in his new book, ‘Linchpin’. Seth suggests that there is a biological source for Resistance. He calls it ‘the lizard brain’. Of course, this proposes that everyone has it. And I think he’s right.

How do we defeat Resistance? Acknowledging that it’s there is a good start. Understanding how it affects us will make things clearer. But, we only succeed when we roll up our sleeves and take it on. Defeating Resistance, overcoming procrastination, making a start: these need to be active processes. Movement is required.

What’s your next step?