Author: Seth Godin

Significant hurdles

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If your plan, your idea or your art doesn’t involve any significant hurdles in moving forward, it’s probably not worth that much.

If it were easy, everyone would do it.

The tactic is to seek a path where you see and understand the significant hurdles that kept others away. And then dance with them.

They’re not a problem, they’re a feature.

Two kinds of good cooks

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One is very skilled at following the recipe. Quality control, consistency and diligence.

The other understands how the recipe works, sees patterns and opportunities and changes the recipe to fit the problem to be solved. It’s about metaphor in addition to process.

Both are useful.

If you think this is a post about cooking, you might be the first kind of cook.

10 reps

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If you can do it once, you might be able to do it ten times.

And if you do it ten times, it will become a skill and a practice. You’ll do it more naturally and more often.

Sending a note, changing your mind, throwing a ball, offering a kind word, doing leg presses.

Ten reps is a great place to begin.

Starting with agreement

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Resilient systems are better than fragile ones.

Leave the campsite better than you found it.

Clean air is better than dirty air.

It’s more reliable to invest in things that produce positive impacts over time.

When the numbers add up, believe them

People who show their work are more likely to be right.

Important work is better done now, not later.

Talking about our problems makes the solutions more robust.

It’s better to make up your mind after you see the data, not before.

If we begin with what we agree on, it’s easier to move forward.

Of course, there’s always this alternative:

Compounded luck

This post is by Seth Godin from Seth's Blog

If you and I play a game of cards, the winner will largely be decided by luck. Get good cards and you come out ahead.

If you and I play 100 games of backgammon, the better player will win, because the luck of the dice regress to the mean, evening out over time, leaving skill as the dominant factor.

Good game design involves creating the conditions where early luck doesn’t destroy the rest of the game. A good roll or a good first hand shouldn’t eliminate the opportunity for other players to have a chance. This is why Monopoly is a more accurate social commentary than it is a good game.

When people talk about life and say, “there’s no such thing as luck,” they might be referring to the fact that in the long run, people who are prepared, persistent and granted the benefit of the doubt often do okay. But what they’re missing is that life (and our culture) isn’t constructed as a game that doesn’t reward early luck.

Early luck has a massive impact. Where you’re born, the caste society puts you in, whether or not you were appropriately precocious in various early ranking systems–these all get compounded. Malcolm Gladwell has written about birth month having a significant factor in who gets to play in the NHL–because where a Canadian kid plays hockey when he’s six adds up over the decades.

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“And then what happens”

This post is by Seth Godin from Seth's Blog

We’re not very good at predicting the future.

We’re very good at being aware of the urgency of the moment, and familiar with our need to deal with emergencies.

Before we react, though, it might be worth asking “and then what happens,” five times.

Five steps from here to there…

If any of the steps involve, “and then a miracle happens,” or “we’ll deal with that later,” it might be worth taking a few more moments to reconsider the first step.

When you feel like it

This post is by Seth Godin from Seth's Blog

It’s possible to create a life where we only perform tasks when we feel like it.

More likely, though, we end up with commitments. Commitments require us to do work when they feel like it, regardless of whether we do or not.

And the best sorts of commitments create a positive cycle. We end up changing our attitude and our energy precisely because we said we would.

This is one reason why a long vacation can leave us in a torpor. Left to our own devices, we skid to a halt.