Find out the cost before you get in.
“I used to be afraid of the dark until I learned that I am light and the dark is afraid of me.”
– Ephesians 5:8
I recently unpacked some materials received for the coming Leadercast 2016 which I am hosting. In this shipment was the most recent book written by one of my favorite thought leader Seth Godin. The title “What To Do When It’s Your Turn“ grabbed me immediately so I just had to do a quick flip though the book before performing a thorough reading.
Filled with thought provoking pictures and bold headlines the following words jumped out at me. HOW MUCH DO YOU GET PAID TO WATCH TV? You see I have been spending entirely too much time veg’ing out in front of the TV, too tired and needing to chill out rather than doing anything worth while instead.
On the facing page was an equally grabbing half page snippet regarding creating and contributing, noting that our attitude toward these endeavors had sadly changes. Since Seth is the one known for his words and not me, here in his words:
“Sometimes people ask why they should create or contribute if they’re not going to get paid for it. They hesitate to write a novel if no publisher will pay them for it, and they sneer at the mere amateur who does what he does for love, not for money.
We’ve commercialized all the things that used to be passions. You’re supposed to get paid to be a sculptor or a golfer, a writer or an impresario, the creator of projects.
And if we’re getting paid for these intellectual pursuits, then we’re taught we ought to treat them the way workers in the industrialized world have been trained to treat their jobs – with distain, with an awareness that we ought to do less foe more. What a shame, what a foolish way to dishonor our humanity.
Instead, just for a moment, imagine what would happen if we decided to create and connect merely because we love it. It turns out that acting as if we love it creates the environment where that might actually happen.”
I hope this brief snippet is enough to turn my counterproductive use of time veg’ing out in front of the TV. Is it enough for you?
What will you replace your non productive time with?
My partial list:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
‘ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give others permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
From the movie, COACH CARTER, TIMO CRUZ OUR DEEPEST FEAR
“Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain cool and unruffled under all circumstances.”
– Thomas Jefferson
“ ‘Where do we get guys like this?’ the reporter asked.
The answer is as simple as it is profound. You give them to us. You parents, you families, you brothers and sisters, grandparents, uncles and aunts, friends, you loan us these wonderful young people. They are the fruit of our country, raised by caring parents or a single parent, nurtured in love, and taught that Americans are supposed to have concern for the rights, freedoms and needs of not only our own citizens, but the citizens of the world … The credit for their goodness, and their greatness, rests with all of you back home. The mothers, the fathers, husbands, wives, all of the family members, all the friends, the teachers, the preachers, scout leaders, football coaches, volunteer youth workers of all sorts, each person who had a positive impact on the lives of these young people deserves a piece of the credit.”
Colonel Ron Smith, US Army