“Problems do not go away. They must be worked through or else they remain, forever a barrier to the growth and development of the spirit.” ~ Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled
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.
Post(s) Inspired by this Book: 10 Quotes from Tribes by Seth Godin… And Why We Need You to Lead Us.
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.
“Don’t waste time calculating your chances of success and failure. Just fix your aim and begin.” ~ Guan Yin Tzu, Chinese Master
“I know people who have been stuck in doubt their entire lifetime. Each of these unfortunate individuals – some of them my very own friends and family – came at some point to a crossroads. They came to this crossroads and found themselves rooted there, with one foot firmly planted on each side of the intersection. Alas, they never moved off the dime. They procrastinated. Dithered. Finally, they put a folding chair smack in the center of that crossroads and lived there for the rest of their lives. After a while, they forgot entirely that there even was a crossroads – forgot that there was a choice.” ~ Stephen Cope, The Great Work of Your Life