A few things that Seth talks about in this first video:
- Icarus deception. If you become to great (if you fly to close to the sun) you will be burnt
- Godin also explores the other side, don’t fly to low either
- You are an artist. Everyone is! Not in the way you’re thinking though. It’s easy to consider the people who paint, or create sculptures to be artists. But so is a receptionist who makes you feel different when you walk into a doctor’s office.
- Artists are people who are doing human work that’s never been done before. They do this work in a way that connects them to another person with generosity. That’s art.
- Intent and generosity are necessary to create art.
- The industrial revolution is over. The end of the industrial age has come.
- The connection revolution is emerging. Value is created by creating trust. The way to thrive in the connection economy is not by finding someone to give you instructions.
- If you wanted to start to be an industrialist in the 20th century you needed millions of dollars and a factory, and all this dramatic and expensive stuff. Today, it only takes writing a blog post, or connecting (engaging) with someone else to start.
- The magic of it: it’s free. The cost is tiny. The only thing holding us back is our fear, not a lack of resources.
- Even though the industrial age is fading, we still need people who work in an assembly line, and do what their told. If that’s you and you’re happy continue doing that. If you are yearning for something else, then the internet is the biggest platform for you (also the easiest to join).
- The people who want to do good work, when they found out about the great tool (the internet) they’ve been handed; they can’t believe it.
Seth gives the best commencement address.
- You often hear, you can fly so close to the sun. People who said that didn’t really mean it.
- What they meant for flying close to the sun was: you can go to Harvard, or become a doctor, or getting to be be a senior vice president.
- Meaning something fundamentally different flying high of connection, mattering, work worth doing. Choosing the path not for the money, because you care, because you can and if you choose to lead and connect from generosity you will probably get to do it again. And that’s different.
- But there’s a lot of responsibility that goes with this.
In this second video, Seth talks about:
- Turning professional Amateur magicians have tons of tricks. A professional on has 7 tricks, but has mastered them.
- Professionals bring it home every single day. Whether it feels great of horrible.
- A great blog post is greta because someone genuinely connected with it and opened a door for them. This might not work. Practicing this is really challenging.
- Seth has never given the same speech twice.
- Failure is not something that went wrong, but things that he dreamed of contributing but didn’t have the guts to go for it.
- In 1992, Seth Godin invented the first search engine. Instead of building it, Seth wrote a book saying that the internet had great things that had much to offer. Basically Yahoo!, but he didn’t invent it, David and Jerry did, because (as Seth says) they were gutsier than him.
- But it’s dangerous to keep track of missed opportunities, because you will paralyze yourself.
- Attachment means, falling in love with outcomes. The problem with attachment that grasping keeps you from accomplishing what you set out to accomplish.
- Gymnasts example: If they focus too much on the landing being perfect, the landing may be perfect, but the rest of the routine is lousy because they were too worried about getting a perfect landing.
- They talk about Greco Roman wrestlers. What happens to them after they retire?
Greco Roman Wrestlers:
- What happens to them after they retire?
- They touched glory! And now what?
- The problem: their road to glory was marked step by step by a committee that established rigorous rules to follow in order to obtain victory.
- In the real world, this isn’t true. Nobody gives you a step by step guide to live your life, or to make a difference in the world.
- What can they do? If they want glory again, they need to be a free styler.
- Not by defeating somebody else in a ring with fans, but instead by connecting to someone who needs to hear from you.
- Grit: perseverance, determination, not settling.
- Steve Jobs, didn’t design anything, and didn’t invent anything. He had the grit to when he saw something was right, he made sure it stayed right.
It was a great interview. I’ve watched it several times this week and I’m still digesting it a little more. That’s why I decided to post it and let others in on this information.
Thanks Blaine Hogan, this is a great series of videos!
What resonated with you the most from this interview?
First published on my other blog in February of 2013