Season One Wrap-up Q&A

In his podcast, Akimbo, Seth Godin teaches us how to adopt a posture of possibility, change the culture, and choose to make a difference. Here are my takeaways from the episode.

  • In our culture, people measure and keep track of different things. As a result, we evaluate our status standing differently.
  • Very few people live their life seeking just one source of status. Also, the way we measure status keep changing because we keep changing with the culture, with our age, and with the introduction of new technologies.
  • Two big choices to keep in mind. First, if your status measurement is not helping you make the change or make you happy, perhaps we should look for another way to measure.
  • Second, while we certainly can change what we measure, external factors, such as technologies, can change the measurement as well. As the culture shifts to the new technologies, our status spot in the culture can shift as well.
  • Because things do change constantly, it is essential to tie your effort to the smallest viable audience. It is not possible to raise our status with everyone. The objective is to find the smallest number of people for which you can make a generous contribution and do work that matters not only to us but will make everything better.
  • Human beings, by nature, are inquisitive and curious. If we want to learn something, we will figure out how. Mandatory education is no longer effective. We want to encourage people to exercise resiliency.
  • Resiliency is fueled by curiosity, positivity, connection, respect and dignity, and the willingness to do it again. The idea is that, when properly motivated, humans learn stuff all the time. If we can help others to unlock opportunities, we can build a cycle of unlocking opportunities.
  • We need to teach each other, privileged or not, that our job is to solve interesting problems and to lead. All the other stuff is going to get done by a computer soon enough.
  • How do you get good at something? As it turns out, the secret is to merely begin. We begin by showing up, by having curiosity, by trying out an explanation.
  • When a notion comes along, instead of discarding it because it’s not fully formed, we welcome it. We have it sit down at the table with us so that we can ask questions. The notion might get more fully formed at some point, and it is entirely possible the notion might also evaporate. Sometimes, the notion can grow into a full-fledged
  • This process of quietly putting ourselves into a state of when something unfounded, unknown, unproven shows up, that is the work. That is the work of creativity each of us needs to do now, and it is available to each of us.
  • If you want to do good writing, good insight, begin by embracing bad writing, bad insight, and more writing. Write more so that eventually your brain, the Resistance, will stand down and get out of your way.
  • What makes a great question? A great question is asked by someone who has done her homework, instead of asking the question that can be answered with something that can be looked up. What we do is to describe what we have already learned, described the hypothetical, described the use case, to create a new pattern match that the person answering the question can run with.
  • A great question is a door opener, and a great answer doesn’t shut the door. Great answer provokes people into going even further.