If You’re Looking for Permission You’ve Come to the Wrong Place

One of my favorite interviews of all time (and thanks to the handcrafted Aux Hook-up in my car, I listen to many) is Bryan Elliot’s interview of Seth Godin, for the Icarus Deception. In the interview, Seth says — and I’m going to paraphrase here: “The excuse that, ‘My boss doesn’t give me permission’ is a bad one. Why should he? You’re not asking for permission, what you’re saying is, ‘Can I go do this thing, and if it works, I’m going to take all the credit, and if it doesn’t, you’ll take all the blame.’ Who would agree to
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My Thoughts on Urgency and The Medicine Ball Session

I imagine most cyclists pump Skrillex or Sevendust through their headphones during their rides. Currently, for me it’s a choice between Katy Perry’s new album PRISM or Seth Godin’s Medicine Ball Sessions. I chose the latter today because I can turn on the former when I get to work. The Medicine Ball Sessions clarified this sense of urgency I’ve been having in the pit of my stomach. At one point, I attributed the urgency to my age and societal pressure and the effects of social media. I thought: At this age I should have more affect on the world I
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What I’m Reading: 8/21/2013

These are highlights of what I read (and watched and listened to) this past week: An End Of Books | Seth Godin “Yes, we’re entering a new golden age for books, one with more books and ebooks being written and read today than ever before. No, books won’t be completely eliminated, just as vinyl records are still around (a new vinyl store is opening in my little town). But please don’t hold your breath for any element of the treasured ecosystem to return in force.” America Can’t Afford Wall Street’s Terrible Investment Advice | TIME.com “Assume that you are an
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What I’m Reading: 8/7/2013

These are highlights of what I read (and watched and listened to) this past week: Understanding Google | stratēchery by Ben Thompson “The surest route to befuddlement in the tech industry is comparing a vertical player, like Apple, with a horizontal one, like Google.” Inside Look at How Netflix Launches an Original Series | TIME.com Simon Sinek Ted Talk: How Great Leaders Inspire Action “There’s the ‘what,’ the ‘how,’ and the ‘why’ we do things — it’s the ‘why’ that matters.” 06:00 “It’s not what we sell, it’s why we sell.” 11:00 “People don’t buy what you do, they buy
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PURPLE COW by Seth Godin Notes

Work has been giving me an emotional beat down with fists wrapped in quarters lately. Last month, I’ve nearly torn out my eyebrows over the bullshit monotony of scheduling, rescheduling, and emailing. It’s an assistant’s mental equivalent of “I-pick-stuff-up-I-put-stuff-down.” At the end of a day, I’ve spent 90 percent of my time pushing around paper, minus the paper. This isn’t a rant against who I work for, my role, or my industry. I understand this shit has to get done, and why I’m the one shoveling it. My “win-days” have become those when I manage to carve out 30 minutes
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Round-up: MOONLIGHT MILE by Dennis Lehane and Behind the Brand

I finished Dennis Lehane’s MOONLIGHT MILE recently. It’s disheartening to say, but I felt he didn’t bring his A-game on this one. It was as if he tried so hard to be relevant, to cover every iota of modern day society, from adoption to Twitter to unemployment, that he lost sight of the razor sharp characterizations that made Patrick and Angie novels so enticing. I can’t say I’m the foremost expert on Dennis’s writings, though I’d like to think I’m in a pretty good position to comment on his work — at least in the top 5 percentile of “critics
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