Energy and bloody Seth Godin and well, just everything

The energy bit

Today, I met a physics teacher after work who is also developing some cross-platform software solutions for the education and healthcare sectors. A most interesting guy and a most enjoyable conversation about technology, design, past lives and learning behaviours.

After this meet-up, I went to the awesome Granny Green’s Big Night Out (@greensnightout) and had a delightful evening sipping ginger beer, eating sandwiches, icing cakes and chatting to a bunch of bright sparks about jewellery, design, craft and geeky stuff. It’s run by the brilliant Sarah Barrie (and gang) and I’m really looking forward to some geeky fusion of electronics with craft in the forthcoming sessions (6-9pm, every Monday at the Lot, 4-6 Grassmarket, Edinburgh). Although it takes energy to meet these people and go to these events, the return on this investment is huge and I just wish you could bottle the excess energy for those times when you need a bit more help and encouragement.

The Seth bit

My friend Rich jokes, possibly with darker undertones, that I’m obsessed with Seth Godin and I guess to be fair to Rich I do subscribe to Seth’s updates through possibly every digital channel going.

Below are some Seth-releases which have caught  my attention:

“The problem with putting it all on the line…

is that it might not work out.

The problem with not putting it all on the line is that it will never (ever) change things for the better.

Not much of a choice, I think. No risk, no art. No art, no reward.”

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“The sad irony is that everything we do to prop up the last economy (more obedience, more compliance, cheaper yet average) gets in the way of profiting from this one.”

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“Relentlessly asking the right questions is a long term career, mostly because no one ever knows the right answer on a regular basis.”

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“My take: if you’re not proud of it, don’t sell it.”

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“Bowling is all about one number: the final score. And great bowlers come whisker-close to hitting the perfect score regularly. Not enough dimensions for me to be fascinated by, and few people pay money to attend bowling matches.

Jazz is practiced over a thousand or perhaps a million dimensions. It’s non-linear and non-predictable, and most of all, it’s never perfect.

And yet…

when we get to work, most of us choose to bowl.”

There are gaps between the quotes, I’ll leave you to fill them. if you can’t fill them, illustrate them.

Bloody Seth Godin.

The trouble is he makes a lot of sense, but he’s American and he’s an entrepreneur (ish) and he’s sold lots of books and when you’ve sold books, you get kudos and kudos brings followers and when you have followers, you have a cult and phew, crikey, look where we are.

Americans are rumoured to be more can-do people (Canadians too of course), but there’s a lot of caution around Scotland at the moment and I sometimes wish we had a kind of Scottish Seth who knew our people, our concerns and could somehow make things a little better within local cultures. One size of optimism doesn’t fit all, even if you think the fabric is stretchy enough to accommodate those different shapes.

The just everything bit

And with that I’m going to bed.