The world feels a little strange this week — I've been immersed in coverage of the Republican National Convention, to the point where it almost seems like everyday life when it's clearly a circus. My work shifts have been strange this week, which means I'm not rested at all; instead I've been trying to regulate my energy with a combination of running and meditation. The air conditioning has been out much of the week, which makes for grumpy Josh on top of the mixed realities.
Chase Jarvis, photographer and founder of CreativeLive, interviews Godin. Here are some of the points I think are important.
• There is no secret; there is no right answer.
• Genius is an ancient term for the voice in your head. No one's a genius, we all have a genius.
• Fear is hard-wired into us, but sometimes it's just wrong — a presentation at work is nothing like the Spanish Inquisition, even though we have the same reaction to it.
• Most people are talented. If you're doing banal work, you're afraid to use your talent.
• Overwhelm a platform with generosity. If you stay off the ship because you're worried about a wreck, you're still off the ship when it's successful.
• We live in a world right now where we don't need to be picked — by an employer, by a publisher, etc.
Jarvis: I love that your prescriptions are so simple. Seth: But hard to do.
• Are you just doing something to get more famous? If so, why? If you couldn't see your numbers, would you still do it? For example, are you only trying to grow your Twitter followers because you can see the number of Twitter followers you have?
• We're living in the most crowded creative time ever. You're not entitled to attention or leverage, but you can earn it.
• Build art that doesn't work unless you share it. The first guy who had a fax machine couldn't do anything with it until someone else had a fax machine.
• Anything worth doing is worth doing because you changed someone else. If we don't make a change happen, what did we do? Sharing will happen naturally when you change someone. "The Laramie Project" was a play about gay rights, and you and I have heard of it because it changed the people who saw it and they wanted to share it.
• Our public education system isn't designed to create innovation. It was started by industrialists to grow a workforce with similar education who is trained to sit at a desk all day, and hasn't changed since. We have summers off because we needed time to pick crops.
• [To work around the problems of public education]: Parents need to tell kids that straight A's aren't the point. Ask, "What problem have you solved today?" Kids have to answer that before they're allowed to do their homework.
• If you can't buy into "it might not work," you have to trick yourself into it.
• Have a practice. If you go in for surgery, you want the surgeon to do things the same way every time. Similarly, when it comes to daily practices, there's no one practice that's demonstrably better than another, but having a practice is important.
• Now that the world has changed, don't get frustrated. If you want to be treated like a non-commodity, don't act like a commodity.
• Take responsibility for what you do. It's not your boss's fault, not your parents' fault.
• Don't do great things tomorrow, do them today.
The time we next speak, it'll be nominating day for Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention, and we'll be just days away from the Democratic National Convention. Do the conventions matter? What's it going to be like in the wake of all the violence the past couple of weeks, particularly in Cleveland — where officers have been involved in a couple of highly-criticized shooting deaths in the past couple of years and with Ohio being an open carry state?
When, in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one person to look around at the landscape of today's world and do his best to keep his head from exploding, maybe it's time to just remember where we came from in the week after Independence Day and read the Declaration of Independence.
I spent a couple of quick days in Birmingham over the past week, and I came back to a 10-year-old accidentally shooting his 8-year-old cousin. You know how I feel about this, right? And then a 5-year-old in New Jersey shot a 4-year-old with his mom's gun. Sigh.
Bonus material for patrons is about doing some research and having good discussions.
In the bonus material for Episode 10, I asked Lewis Howes' question about three truths you know. Listener sent his three. I think they're worth sharing.
• When in doubt or despair there is always a way to fight or push through — never give up.
• There is no magic pill — there may be many different roads but every journey will require hustle and hard work.
• Don't get stuck on money is everything. Yes you need to support yourself and your family and determine where you are comfortable but more importantly, you should do something you love every day. As unrealistic as it sometimes sounds, it can be done. Find joy in your daily life.
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Diaz, the actor and comedian, and Baker, a second-degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, are on the mic with producer Lee Syatt. They're talking about Diaz getting into comedy, and about his fear of getting onstage.
Scroll ahead to 34:19 if you want to hear this exchange; go before that if you want context.
Syatt: Were you worried you were going to bomb? Is that what you were most worried about? Or were you worried that you were going to do well?
Diaz: I was worried I was going to find the answer to all my problems.
"I was worried I was going to find the answer to all my problems."
What are you not doing because you're worried it will eliminate your ability to complain about anything?
A 2-fer on Saturday took me halfway to my 2016 running goal. 500 miles down, 500 miles to go.
The calendar said I was 13 days ahead of schedule — we were 170 days into the year with 196 left. Yeah, I know. I picked a leap year. If I reach my goal on Dec. 31, we'll put an asterisk on it.
It's not a given, obviously, that I'll get there. We hit triple digits on Friday for the first time, and it's only June. That means we've got probably another 10-12 weeks of weather that will stay too hot for me to run more than 18-20 miles a week without really feeling it. I still need to put an injury buffer in, just in case. I need to figure in time for a vacation (even though I'll probably get a couple of runs in during it).
But I feel good, generally. I started running only in the past few years, and distances only in the past 13 months. It's very much a meditation for me now. It used to take me 75-80 minutes to get into a meditative rhythm. Now I can slide in after a few minutes. It's stress relief, it's escape, and it gives me a good time to just think.