We are all afraid of something. Some of us are afraid of a lot of things. This fear can be logical or it might not make any sense at all. We spend a lot of energy distracting ourselves from the fears that hound us. We can obsess on work, drink too much, worry excessively or distract ourselves on the internet all day and night.
One person who regularly challenges us on our fears and on our inaction is Seth Godin. I have been seeing and hearing Seth all over the place lately – on Tim Ferriss’s podcast, on Ask Gary Vee and just recently on the Ziglar podcast. They are all worth a listen.
It is sort of interesting that he has been everywhere I look (and listen) because I don’t think he has a new book coming out.
If you aren’t familiar with Seth Godin, you should pick up a few of his books. My favorites include Purple Cow, Tribes and Linchpin. Tribes taught me that you can’t lead a group if you aren’t willing to step on some toes and stand for something. In Linchpin, Seth wrote about making yourself indispensable.
I can honestly say that I don’t know that I ever would have ventured out and opened my own law firm if I had not read Tribes. It was that impactful on me.
In each of his recent interviews, Seth told the host that he thinks that we should all be blogging and that we should blog every day. He talked about making our writing and thoughts public as a way to get over the fear and to cross the crevasses that prevent us from doing our best work. It builds in accountability and makes us take a stand on the things that are important to us.
This blog – jimhacking.com – is my attempt to follow Seth’s advice.
I am publicly stating my willingness to write every day for one year. Then we will re-examine the effort. I have tried blogging before but have not really followed through very well. This public statement is one way that I am trying to overcome that lack of completing a goal.
I have a lot to say and I hope you come along for the ride. If you want to follow me on this journey, please consider subscribing to my emails in the box above. Thanks.
One day, I will meet Seth Godin. And I will tell him this story. Then I will blog about it.
By the way, I bought five copies of Seth’s most recent book – What to Do When It’s Your Turn – and I will be happy to send a copy to the first person who signs up for email notices for this blog. The book is fantastic – both visually and from a content perspective. Maybe its your turn, too.