I should first answer the question, why do I follow Seth Godin? To those who know Seth (which are most people I know), they clearly understand my reasons for following his blog, talks and projects. But there is even a deeper reason. What has been a truly profound experience is that I keep intersecting his timely conversations. So I have to ask WHY?
I think I am on to something big here. I had shared last year that the secret to my improved success was because I started to follow Seth prior to him starting The Domino Project where he “redefined publishing” as we know it. His partnering with Amazon and launch of 10 or so amazing books was a wonderful venue for me to participate in as I am so passionate about book writing, publishing and marketing.
Because I was not trying to follow too many leaders–just Seth and Chris Brogan, when Seth announced he was beginning The Domino Project I was right at the epicenter where, as a number of thought leaders have stated, “preparation met opportunity.” I was blessed to become part of one of the most amazing teams I have ever joined.
So jump forward now with me to today. I get Seth’s blog daily (well worth it) and here is the beginning of it:
“Why?” is the most important question, not asked nearly enough.
Hint: “Because I said so,” is not a valid answer.
- Why does it work this way?
- Why is that our goal?
My goal of writing 101 WHY blog entries has now intersected the master of great marketing early on. Yes, as the saying goes, “bright minds think alike,” but I think something BIG is happening now. My hypothesis is that if you pay attention, really listen–listen with your eyes and ears, and stay dedicated to your goals, you will achieve amazing results. As Thoreau put it: Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
And perhaps even more . . . keep asking WHY? Here are my Why’s for today:
- Why can’t it be you?
- Why are you waiting?
- Why do you stop yourself from doing even one, small thing today?
- Why can’t you ask for help if you need it?
Finally, just a quick note on this last Why–why can’t you ask for help from others? Believe it or not but I gave a speech to the MIT Forum once and the big “AHA” among the members was that they did not have to go to networking events alone. They did not think, for whatever reason, that they could take someone with them. When they realized that they could have a buddy with them to “break the ice” it made a huge difference in their attitude about meeting new people.
Again, as I said before, it is “always” about the people. So don’t stop short of you changing your life for the better. Ask WHY . . . now!