Seth Godin is my daily source of entrepreneurial inspiration.
I bring his tidbits to meetings with clients, scribble them in my journal, post them on my bulletin board, or just store them away in my head.
Here’s his classic Venn diagram from his book Linchpin – a good reminder about the recipe for success. Got all three? You are as good as gold. Lacking in one? Surround yourself with diverse people or adapt your work environment to help you compensate:
“Always carry a notebook. And I mean always. The short-term memory only retains information for three minutes; unless it is committed to paper you can lose an idea for ever.” ― Will Self
Becoming Minimalist has a convincing post up about “8 Reasons Keeping a Journal Can Help You Reach Your Goals.” I carry a little version of the Moleskine Journal in my purse, and a bigger version to meetings or when I travel. It contains random nuggets of information that I write down as I think of them; otherwise, they’d be lost in the network of my brain forever. My journal contains info ranging from the banal (grocery list) to my lightbulb epiphanies (If I have confidence in my abilities, there’s no stopping what I can do).
Brain Pickings is described as a “Lego Treasure Chest”. Dip into its well, and take the time to ponder.
This little Nugget, entitled How to find your purpose and do what you love had me thinking:
What is the one thing that lights you up; the one thing that you absolutely love doing?
I love interviewing people (which actually means giving people a safe place to tell their story, and listening), gathering up their stories and throwing them into a big pot and stirring them around and seeing the magic that comes out of that brew.
That’s what lights me up. How about you?
I often present about presenting. I beg my audiences: for the love of God, let’s please stop reading bullets off PowerPoint slides.
This slide deck, called You Suck at PowerPoint makes this point in an eloquent and shockingly hilarious way.
There’s a story about the famous artist, Pablo Picasso.
It seems a woman came up to him and asked him to sketch something on a piece of paper.
He sketched it, and gave it back to her saying: “That will cost you $10,000″.
She was astounded. “You took just five minutes to do the sketch,” she said. Isn’t $10,000 a lot for five minutes work?
“The sketch may have taken me five minutes, but the learning took me a lifetime” Picasso retorted.