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Are you scared to try new things? Wonder what others will say?
One of the main themes in this book is that you are unique and I am unique. The footprint we leave on the world can be unique if we allow (and push) ourselves to be who we are, not who others/environment/culture think we should be.
The one area we are alike – we all find more fulfillment in life if we are truly being ourselves and doing what we are best at. That can mean being self employed, working with one or two others or working in a corporation.
He admits finding our own path can be hard – “There is no map” and “Seeing clearly isn’t easy.”
There’s many things that stop us from even trying, like worry. “Anxiety is practicing failure in advance.” Some of his thoughts on how we rationalize not doing something made me feel like he was eavesdropping on the conversations I have in my head.
Godin’s writing style is sharp and easy to read. The message in this book isn’t necessarily new, but it’s important, especially with all the changes the internet is bringing to our world. He does a great job reminding us that we have a lot of choice in what our personal world looks like.
The book includes this piece written by Ishita Gupta,
Every day is a new chance to choose.
Choose to change your perspective.
Choose to flip the switch in your mind.
Turn on the light and
stop fretting about with insecurity and doubt.
Choose to do your work and be free of distraction.
Choose to see the best in someone,
or choose to bring out the worst in them.
Choose to be a laser beam, with focused intentions,
or a scattered ray of light that doesn’t do any good.
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