We Are All Artists: Seth Godin

Today at her blog write to done, Mary Jaksch has a conversation with Seth Godin… As you may know, I follow Seth and have for years. I think I discovered him through the early years of Fast Company…However I came across him though, I am glad I did. He has always made me think outside the carton…Purple Cows anyone?

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You are capable of making a difference, of being bold, and of changing more than you are willing to admit. You are capable of making art.- Seth Godin, The Icarus Deception

It turns out that industrialists and the systems that we live with want us to fly low. They push us to settle for less, and I think the time has come to stop buying that propaganda. My book is a manifesto, almost a creed, about how we must overthrow the mindset of being a cog in the industrial system and instead, stand up and make what I call art.

via Why We Are All Artists: Seth Godin in Conversation – Part 1 | Write to Done.

That was always the conundrum faced by the middle level cog in the industrial motor. If you push to stand out, you put yourself out to be pounded back in the square hole your round personality has been fitted to. If you keep your head down and fit in…Well life just doesn’t seem much fun. But at least it’s safe… Our is it? What happens when the world changes and the economy dumps all over everyone’s heads…Not so safe being safe is it?

 No one ever died writing a blog post. What we’re saying here is that for a while anyway, the safest thing you can do is to be as uncomfortable as you can stand to be.

Be true to you. It will all work out in the long run.

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