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15/24 – Agent of Change

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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8/24 – Putting life on pause

December 8, 2016
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reassurance

Do you think I should do this? Or that?
What do you think of this? Or that? 
Which one do you thing I should choose? This one? Or that one?

Reassurance. Asking for someone outside of yourself to make your choice for you. In a sense, that’s actually what it is. Putting the power over your life and your choices, in the hands of somebody else. What for?

You run the risk of being put on pause. On hold. Waiting for the response from your father, wife, boss, co-worker, teacher or best friend. Not being able to move on, using the energy of the moment, because you are… what? Afraid you might make the wrong decision? Might pick the wrong thing? Walk down a path you should not have chosen?

Letting others choose for you might seem like an easy way to live life. But is it really your life then?

Reflection #8 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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7/24 – Learning is da shit!

December 7, 2016
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My daughter told me over dinner the other night, that a lot of her friend’s parents are pushing them hard for good grades, using threats of not getting to do or have stuff they want and so on. So when she said “I am so happy you don’t push me that way. I know you are happy if I do my best, and learn as much as I can, regardless of the grade I get“. standard

So in a sense, I’ve been striving towards this family standard that Seth spoke about, quite a few years by now.

I asked my daughter: If you would get top grades but not learn a lot, or not so good grades but learn a lot, which do you think I’d opt for? She replied immediately, picking the latter choice. And she’s right. Learning is much more important for me than grades. Grades might (and should!) be a reflection of how much and well you learn, but really, I don’t think that’s how they work at all. You can learn an astonishing amount of stuff, and still get a low grade. It all depends upon your starting point, doesn’t it? Unfortunately the effort put into learning isn’t taken into consideration in grades.

Asking for, and praising, top grades, might be a strategy that backfires on you, as a parent. You run the risk of promoting external motivational factors, rather than encourage inner motivation. Instead, ask for, and praise, learning and the work your child (and yourself!) puts into it!

Reflection #7 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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6/24 – Taking a risk

December 6, 2016
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I didn’t want to give up recommending a podcast Sundays in December on account of the Advent Calendar I’m running with quotes from #SethinLondon, so I realized I might as well find some podcasts with Seth that I haven’t recommended before (because I’ve recommended several before: this 4-part blog with Seth at On Being, and this one from GLP.)

Seth Godin London Q&A by Rajesh Taylor

Seth Godin London Q&A by Rajesh Taylor – did we ever have a blast that day!

So I googled. And got lucky. There’s a multitude of podcasts featuring Seth Godin! And I can understand why, since he’s an interesting person to have a conversation with. I started to listen to Smart People Podcast and have to say, even though the episode with Seth is from 2013 I think, it’s definitely a “conversation that satisfies my curious mind” which is their tag line.

At the end of this podcast, Seth actually talks about what I’ve been starting to do this past year, which is, to not just go for “the next, the next, the next” all the time. Rather, I rarely listen to a podcast, to give an example, but once anymore. I almost always listen at least two, and often three or four, times. This podcast is no exception. On my second listening, I heard more. Deeper. More profoundly.

If you’re into school and learning, sharpen your ears especially about 19 minutes into this podcast. It’s good. And I mean G O O D what Seth says there!

But. My absolute takeaway from this podcast is a simple mantra. I wanted to find the spot, so I’ve been listening, and re-listening, while packing for a trip, and I simply cannot find it. Makes me wonder if I heard it somewhere else, which is a definite possibly as I’ve been listening to a lot of Seth these past days.

Anyway. I know Seth talked about this (somewhere!), and what I heard was something that goes like this: Every day try to be generous in a risky way.

That really spoke to me. Generous in a risky way. Going out on a limb. Not walking the straight and narrow. Au contraire. Taking a risk, with the definite aim at being of service.

Now.
How do you do generosity in a risky way?

Reflection #6 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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