Monthly Archives December 2016

18/24 – Forget writer’s block, just write!

18/24 – Forget writer’s block, just write!

December 18, 2016
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writers block

Did you know? That writer’s block is an invention? (Well. Isn’t everything?)

You sit down.
Take a pen and paper (or a computer, an IPad, your phone or even a piece of chalk and a chalk board).
Then you write.

Voilà.
You’ve created something.
Written something which can be read by someone else.
Write. Then write some more. The more you write the better it will get.

Find your written voice.
And you know what? The less difference there is between your spoken and your written voice, the easier it will be to write. Because then you can just as easily just start to talk. And no one get’s talker’s block, do they?

Have you even heard of talker’s block before?

No. Me neither.

Question is. Should we invent speaker’s block? Or shall we simply see that if we write, as we speak, there is no such thing as writer’s block either?

Reflection #18 of 24 from the notes I took and the experience I had at the Seth Godin Q&A-session in London, November 2015. This was my Advent Calendar 2015 on herothecoach.com, and as I loved each and every post so much, I am reusing them for this years’ Advent Calendar here! These reflections will be posted daily from December 1st to the 24th.

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17/24 – A pain in the ass

December 17, 2016
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On parents and schools.

If I as a parent have thoughts, ideas and/or concerns concerning the schools my children attend, what do I do?

I’m guessing most teachers, principals and anybody else working within the school system, laugh a bit at what Seth answered: You must understand that parental involvement is a pain in the ass.parents

So he flipped it around. Not saying parents shouldn’t be concerned, shouldn’t contribute with thoughts and ideas. No. Not at all.

Instead – asking myself the question: How am I contributing? How can I contribute?

Not to assume I know what do to, and how to do it best. But offer it up, the thoughts, ideas, good examples. Humbly. Earning my voice, by actually providing value, in one way or another. Engaging in a conversation.

Asking the teacher or principal: What can I do? What do you need? Is there any way I can contribute with this thing?

Reflection #17 of 24 from the notes I took and the experience I had at the Seth Godin Q&A-session in London, November 2015. This was my Advent Calendar 2015 on herothecoach.com, and as I loved each and every post so much, I am reusing them for this years’ Advent Calendar here! These reflections will be posted daily from December 1st to the 24th.

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16/24 – Is there trust?

December 16, 2016
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wrong

Mmm. You’ve been there. So have I. Too many times.

When that which shouldn’t happen, happens.
A mistake.
A white lie that erupts and turns into the lie from hell.
An unexpected turn of events, when worst comes to worst.

And, oh yes. Is that ever a sure way to know, if trust exists or not.

Close my eyes.
Remember. Back when I was 9 months pregnant with my first child. Another millennia.
Had gotten a phone call from my husband, the father of my unborn child, whom I’d been together with for ten years.

I’m breaking up with you.

Hard to believe. Difficult to take in.
That didn’t happen to someone like me. Couldn’t. Shouldn’t.

When he came home later that day, or possibly the day after, I asked…

Would you stay with me tonight?

I just wanted to be held. To forget. For a moment. That life had just turned upside down, and I was going to become a parent in a totally different manner than I’d planned for.

No. I can’t.

That’s when I knew. Whatever trust had been, was no more. Not there. I never let that stop me from trusting again, though.

I am, at heart, a person who trusts.
Would life be life without it?

Reflection #16 of 24 from the notes I took and the experience I had at the Seth Godin Q&A-session in London, November 2015. This was my Advent Calendar 2015 on herothecoach.com, and as I loved each and every post so much, I am reusing them for this years’ Advent Calendar here! These reflections will be posted daily from December 1st to the 24th.

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15/24 – Agent of Change

December 15, 2016
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agent of changeSeth really seems to have a very strong relationship with the word change. When I said hi to him at the beginning of the day, he asked what I do and when I answered that I’m a change agent, he looked me in the eye, and very deliberately said:

Ah. So you are an Agent of Change. 

And all of a sudden, I was hit with the deep mening of this. It’s not something sassy to say when people ask what I do, it’s not just a title that sticks out a bit. It’s much more than that.

Because yes. I do want to make a change in the universe. And not just any change. Things can change in ways that serve and in ways that don’t serve. And the trick is to find that which serves us all, and with all, I mean all. Not just humans. Not just animals. All of it. The entirety that makes out the habitat we share on planest Earth.

Do you want to make a change in the universe?

Reflection #15 of 24 from the notes I took and the experience I had at the Seth Godin Q&A-session in London, November 2015. This was my Advent Calendar 2015 on herothecoach.com, and as I loved each and every post so much, I am reusing them for this years’ Advent Calendar here! These reflections will be posted daily from December 1st to the 24th.

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14/24 – What actually matters?

December 14, 2016
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matters

Over and over again, Seth Godin returns to the basic idea of taking action. Ship, as he often calls it.

To act.

Ask yourself what matters in life. Dare to answer yourself. Honestly.

See…
Feel…
Get an urge to do…
… something.

And then do it. Act.
Then – ship!

Post a blog post. Paint a painting and show it to a friend. Write a book and send to a publisher. Start a company. Plant a tree.

I don’t care. It doesn’t matter what your specific action is.
What matters is if you act upon it. Or not.
What actually matters enough, for you to act upon it?

Reflection #14 of 24 from the notes I took and the experience I had at the Seth Godin Q&A-session in London, November 2015. This was my Advent Calendar 2015 on herothecoach.com, and as I loved each and every post so much, I am reusing them for this years’ Advent Calendar here! These reflections will be posted daily from December 1st to the 24th.

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13/24 – Time to ship!

December 13, 2016
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Searching for podcasts with Seth Godin rather than following my normal favorite podcasts has been fun, and have given me new experiences, worth following up on more. Great bonus!

Seth Godin London Q&A by Rajesh Taylor

Seth Godin London Q&A by Rajesh Taylor

Many of the pods center around The Icarus Deception, which is one of the books I got from #SethinLondon. Seth generously gave away two books to everyone present, a copy of It’s your turn and one of the other books he brought to London.icarus deception

Marketing Over Coffee is one of those new experiences, and this episode from 2012 talks about The Icarus Deception amongst other things. However, the highlight for me is at the end when the ducks are lined up.

“We’re surrounded by people who are busy getting their ducks in a row, waiting for just the right moment…

Getting your ducks in a row is a fine thing to do. But deciding what you are you going to do with that duck is a far more important issue.

So my friend. (And by friend – know that I am talking to myself as much as to you!)
It’s time. Time to stop lining ducks up in a row. Time to ship. Get going.

Ask. 
Answer. 
Act.
Watcha gonna do with that duck?

Reflection #13 of 24 is a bit of an odd ball, as it’s not from the notes I took and the experience I had at the Seth Godin Q&A-session in London, November 2015. Rather, this is a reflection on a podcast with Seth Godin. This was my Advent Calendar 2015 on herothecoach.com, and as I loved each and every post so much, I am reusing them for this years’ Advent Calendar here! These reflections will be posted daily from December 1st to the 24th.

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12/24 – Change the universe?

December 12, 2016
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universe

Do you? Do you realize you can? Have you figured out that it doesn’t have to be something grand to actually make a change?

With the smallest of acts, we can change the universe. Each and everyone of us. Because everything I do has some impact, on something or someone. It’s a bit like the butterfly effect.

At times, this feels like a heavy burden. Knowing when I do something that’s not good for the world, it has a negative effect. The knowledge weighs me down. Feel guilty. Ashamed. But I seldom follow this feeling, as it rarely serves me.

Mostly though, my take on this is a sense of wonderment at the endless possibilities available! Everything I do can make a difference. I can assist in creating a beneficial change to the universe. Little me. Imagine that!

Do you want to make a change in the universe?

Reflection #12 of 24 from the notes I took and the experience I had at the Seth Godin Q&A-session in London, November 2015. This was my Advent Calendar 2015 on herothecoach.com, and as I loved each and every post so much, I am reusing them for this years’ Advent Calendar here! These reflections will be posted daily from December 1st to the 24th.

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11/24 – Own it!

December 11, 2016
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own it

Volkswagen was an example Seth mentioned, when speaking about how we actually have a choice how to show up in the world. I can’t lay that on anybody but me.

Mind – Body – Spirit. 
I get to chose how to be in the world. 

Rather than laying it on the boss, the hubby, the parents, the mean teacher at school and so on. Those people might be acting like idiots, and I’m not condoning that at all, but my response is my response. Not. Dictated. By. Anyone. Else. It hinges on me owning it.

Listened to a bad guy in a TV-show, saying “Only those with power get a choice, those who are powerless can’t do anything else but suffer through it“. And I thought. No. I don’t agree at all.

There’s a character who needs to read Victor Frankl’s book Man’s Search for Meaning. What Viktor realized during his time as a prisoner in a death camp during the second World War, was this:

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

So.
How do you want to be in the world? Owning it? Or not?

Reflection #11 of 24 from the notes I took and the experience I had at the Seth Godin Q&A-session in London, November 2015. This was my Advent Calendar 2015 on herothecoach.com, and as I loved each and every post so much, I am reusing them for this years’ Advent Calendar here! These reflections will be posted daily from December 1st to the 24th.

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10/24 – Disruption will come

December 10, 2016
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disruption

Don’t have a clue as to what industry Seth was actually asked about. But his answer is almost brutally straightforward, and, in my view, spot on. The question is, have you grasped this? The fact that your industry will be disrupted, I mean? Cuz it will, for sure.

We’ve seen it with the record industry, publishing, news papers, phone companies, hotels and taxi’s. Your industry is next. You won’t know when, but disruption will come.

So – how to face the disruption of an industry, without letting it engulf you as an individual?

Reflection #10 of 24 from the notes I took and the experience I had at the Seth Godin Q&A-session in London, November 2015. This was my Advent Calendar 2015 on herothecoach.com, and as I loved each and every post so much, I am reusing them for this years’ Advent Calendar here! These reflections will be posted daily from December 1st to the 24th.

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9/24 – A game of survival

December 9, 2016
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survive

Look at the world, right this moment, with millions on the run, from famine and terror, from war and discrimination. Families torn apart. Young children travelling alone for months on end, in the hope of getting to a safe haven, somewhere. All alone, far from their parents and other loved ones.

There are those who’s survival actually hinges on the choices they make.

But if a business gamble fails for you and me, what’s the worst that might happen? A set-back in time, a lost investment, but really – nothing truly important. Such as not being able to put food on the table for your children, having them go to bed hungry, perhaps even starving. The risk of imminent death is a reality for many on this planet, and they have to be very careful not to make rash decisions, gambling with the life of themselves or their loved ones.

But for you and me? What if I go out on a limb, and it doesn’t work out? There’s always another option. I can get a job, if need be. I can save up enough to pay back my debt and then some, so I can go out on a limb again. I can try, and try again. Over and over. And I know that my children do not run the risk of starving to death, because I choose to try this or that.

It’s simply not a game of survival for you and me. 

So why then are we so afraid to try?

Reflection #9 of 24 from the notes I took and the experience I had at the Seth Godin Q&A-session in London, November 2015. This was my Advent Calendar 2015 on herothecoach.com, and as I loved each and every post so much, I am reusing them for this years’ Advent Calendar here! These reflections will be posted daily from December 1st to the 24th.

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