Connect. Create. Live.

Posted on Feb 12, 2011

I love Seth Godin! Well, actually I love my husband. But Seth Godin inspires me with his pragmatically creative approach to doing whatever you do. Last night, I watched his 2009 talk for TED Talks… Ideas Worth Spreading. And his certainly are.

The title of Seth’s 17-minute talk is Seth Godin on the tribes we lead. He began with the statement that the creation and implementation of ideas have moved on. In a sense, this change is taking us back to humanity’s early days of tribal living. In fact we need to live in tribes. Does this ring a bell inside? It did for me.

Isolation may be the modern-day plague, creating a sense of malaise and listlessness that weakens us individually as well as collectively. It’s ironic, isn’t it, that in the Tech Age, we have such an opportunity to connect with people who share our passions. Yet, we are still using it in the old way, and we still feel disconnected.

Seth spoke straight to me when he said that people are waiting for us to connect them.

The Wheel of Creativity is a framework for connecting:

  1. Connect with yourself. What do you long for?
  2. Connect with the Source of all ideas. What needs to be created?
  3. Connect with the people who share your longing. Who’s waiting for just that?

If each of us simply listened to our own personal longings and acted as if they were the guideposts to our creative paths, the world would be a different place.

So, today, I leave you with Seth Godin and three questions he has embedded in my mind:

  1. Who are you upsetting?
  2. Who are you connecting?
  3. Who are you leading?

Not everyone will agree with you. But someone will breathe a sigh of relief that you are putting it out there. And a tribe will form around you.

Connect. Create. Live.

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