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Susceptible to Possibility

When you’re striving to do your best work or be your best self then you’re also more susceptible to pain.  The pain of not meeting expectations, of being misunderstood or discovering weaknesses.  As Seth Godin said:

“The easiest way to avoid the pain is to lull it to sleep by finding a job that numbs you.” 

But being susceptible to pain also means you're susceptible to possibility.  The possibility of earning the endless rewards that come with shining your light instead of hiding it.

Photo by Todd Glaser

The Real Ladder Of Success

The ladder of success isn’t a ladder, it’s a series of steps with gaps interspersed along the way.  Only those that take leaps and risk the fall will rise.  Then there comes a point where the gaps are too far apart and you’ll need to create the steps that don’t exist.  This is where people freeze, trapped between where they are and where they want to be.  This space is where you innovate instead of replicate, lead instead of follow, and stand out instead of blending in.                     

Inspired by “The Icarus Deception” by Seth Godin

Permanent Vacation

"I’m sitting in the lobby of a hotel in Jamaica, checking my e-mail, two people walk by and in a harsh whisper a women says to her friend, “isn’t that sad?  That guy comes here on a vacation and he’s stuck checking his e-mail. He can’t even enjoy his two weeks off.” I think the real question (the one they probably wouldn’t want to answer) was, “isn’t it sad that we have a job where we spend two weeks avoiding the stuff we have to do 50 weeks a year?” It took me a long time to figure out why I was so happy to be checking my e-mail on vacation. It had to do with passion."

Seth Godin.  


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Drive Without A Map

We live in a culture where we are constantly reminded about the risks of being bold and exploring new ground.  We’re so consumed with the dangers of shining brightly that we’ve become content with the darkness.

The alternative is to take a leap into the unknown, to drive without a map, to live unbound.  Inspired by this newfound freedom, you’ll fly far higher than you’ve been taught is possible.

No there isn’t a safety net to catch you if you fall but that’s what makes your accomplishments, your talent, your work, your life so extraordinary.  

This post was inspired by “The Icarus Deception” a new book by Seth Godin.

Photograph by © Frode Sandbech


Fear paralyzes us if we let it.  Often it's resilient fear without a name or reason, triggered without rational explanation.  We are not fearless but some of us have the strength to live comfortably with fear. It will alway be there but the ones that care enough about progress, discovery and innovation learn to embrace it. When you feel afraid it usually means you're on to something. 

Inspired by Seth Godin.