I just watched Michael Sliwinski’s 10-minute chat with Seth Godin. The discussion circled around Seth’s prolific content development schedule. I’d encourage anyone involved with writing or blogging or starting a business to watch the interview.
The following are a few quick points I paraphrased. Check out the interview because there are many more.
Keeping a blog
Seth says, “If you’re blogging for other people you’ll be disappointed. If nobody reads my blog, I’ll blog anyway.”
Online publishing is fraught with overblown expectations, fragile egos, short attention spans, and humbling failures. In the olden days we learned patience by growing plants; now we learn it by growing our online authority. My article, Not Many Twitter Followers: How to Deal with it, addresses the issue.
Producing a lot of content
Seth says, “You have to be very good at saying no. I feel badly about all the places I could speak or consult but I cant do that and do what I’m doing now. The discipline of saying no is important.”
Oh Seth, I love it when you talk discipline.
Living a balanced life
Seth says, “If you’re stealing from one part of your life to make another part of your life work, you’re going to have trouble.”
Seth responds easily and without angst. My response is less pithy. As a single mom of 2, a girlfriend, and a primary breadwinner, I stand on a three-way balance board. It’s a learned skill. So far I’ve learned to:
- say NO frequently
- clarify boundaries at the getgo
- stop stealing time from sleep
- elevate downtime to a daily priority
- get the mundane stuff done and out of the way
- ask myself: is this getting me what I truly want?
Seth says, “You should [select] yourself and not wait for someone else to [select] you.”
Why wait for someone else to select you as one of the elite? Don’t wait for someone else to tell you: a) the time is right, b) you’re good enough, c) your work is good enough. Grant yourself top-of-the-list status. Do it yourself.
What are your responses to the above points? If you watched the interview, what rang for you? I’d really like to know.