By Seth Godin
Book Overview: The Web can do amazing things, but it can’t provide leadership. That still has to come from individuals—people just like you who have passion about something. The explosion in tribes means that anyone who wants to make a difference now has the tools at her fingertips. If you think leadership is for other people, think again―leaders come in surprising packages. Ignore an opportunity to lead and you risk turning into a “sheepwalker”―someone who fights to protect the status quo at all costs, never asking if obedience is doing you (or your organization) any good. Sheepwalkers don’t do very well these days. Tribes will make you think (really think) about the opportunities for leading your fellow employees, customers, investors, believers, hobbyists, readers…. It’s not easy, but it’s easier than you probably imagine. Click here for more info!
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In the book Tribes by Seth Godin, he discusses the way people become leaders and how it has drastically changed over the past few years. With the power of constant connection through internet, social networks and cell phones, previous barriers have been torn down. This presents amazing opportunities for anyone to step up to the plate and lead. All you need, Godin explains, is the desire to make something happen.
With that desire, Godin argues throughout his book that your potential as a leader is only limited by your initiative. He believes not that it would be cool if you wanted to lead us, or that maybe you should lead us – he believes that we NEED you to lead us. He’s telling us that with this outstanding opportunity and this possibility that’s never been there before – YOU NEED to take action within your ‘tribe’ and lead people forward.
“When it comes to love, you should be your own best friend before you try to be someone else’s one and only. You should always know yourself the best before getting to know someone else.” ~ Gigi Engle, Elite Daily
“Finding the right person for you is finding another soul that can jive along with yours. It doesn’t have to be a flawless love; it just has to be the right love.” ~ Gigi Engle, Elite Daily
“The person who is perfect for you is far from perfect. That’s the way it should be. You can’t have a healthy, robust relationship with someone who has never tasted life. You can’t have a lasting love without having a past that has shaped you. You can’t handle a person who is so vacuous he came out of life unscathed. In the end, we’re all just trying to find someone as f*cked up as we are.” ~ Gigi Engle, Elite Daily
“Despite what you may think, there’s nothing wrong with being messed up. The person who is messed up is actually the best person you can date. This person’s baggage and experience is what makes him or her beautiful. He or she can still function in society despite having seen what life is about and how ugly things can get.” ~ Gigi Engle, Elite Daily
…And why our network not only influences our net-worth, but our net-influence.
One of our basic desires as humans is the desire to feel as though we are a part of something greater than ourselves. It’s our desire to feel as though we have contributed, that we have given back, and that we have made a difference in the world – so that we may find comfort in the way we have lived our life.
Too often, we get caught in the trap of thinking that if we can’t make a big enough difference in the world – then it’s not even worth trying. We play these wonderful, grandiose, and romantic images in our mind of how we can change the world… only to be confronted by the reality of how darn big the world really is! …And with limited resources and time, our list of blockades, challenges, and excuses tally up and ultimately immobilize us through frustration.
And when that happens… We miss our real opportunity.
“Happiness only real when shared.” ~ Chris McCandless, Into the Wild
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Have you ever been in a conversation with someone who was painfully boring and seemed to drone on forever? You were probably looking at your watch, frantically trying to figure out how to get away. Obviously, there was no connection present. Moments of strong connection, in contrast, are so pleasurable that we lose all track of time.
So how do we spark connection in a conversation? We have to play Ping-Pong.
“I truly believe that our major social ills would disappear if we just spent our lives perfecting the art of connecting with each other.” ~ Sean Stephenson, Get Off Your “But”
“Communication is merely an exchange of information, but connection is an exchange of our humanity.” ~ Sean Stephenson, Get Off Your “But”
“The whole world is inside each person, each being, each object. To know any part of the world deeply, intimately, is to know the whole world. Each of us, then, must find our own particular domain – that little corner of the world in which we can drill for gold. For the acupuncturist it is knowing the body through the language of Chinese medicine. For the painter, it is knowing the world through through paint and the canvas. For the writer, it is knowing the world through words.” ~ Stephen Cope, The Great Work of Your Life
“The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool.” ~ Almost Famous (Film, 2000)