What To Do When It’s Your Turn (and it’s always your turn)

It's Your Move Game Spinner Compete Turn Progress Forward

 I have always enjoyed listening to Seth Godin speak, probably even more than reading one of his books. This particular book however, reminds me of how he speaks inside one of his books. As I am not on the same level of thought as he, I have to take some time when listening to him speak or reading his work. It is always worth working through in either form.

In this writing the main thought is it is our turn to do something. In his words.



Speak up.

Stand out.

Build a following.

Market a product.

Make a connection.

Solve an interesting problem.

Write, sing, invent,, create, ask a

question, launch a project, organize a protest,

open the door to someone, question authority,

make a short film, direct, produce, create, or adopt.

Learn a new skill.

Help someone who needs you.

Be missed if you’re gone.



Take an hour or so and work through, What To Do When it’s Your Turn by Seth Godin.


“I’m no longer quite sure what the question is, but I do know that the answer is Yes.”

                                                                     – Leonard Bernstein

What To Do When It's Your Turn (and it's always your turn)
The Domino Project
Seth Godin

The 8 Rules George Washington Carver Lived By

George Washington Carver

  1. Be clean both inside and out.

  2. Neither look up to the rich or down to the poor.

  3. Lose, if need be, without squealing.

  4. Win without bragging.

  5. Always be considerate of women, children, and older people.

  6. Be to brave to lie.

  7. Be too generous to cheat.

  8. Take your share of the world and let others take theirs.

The 8 Rules George Washington Carver Lived By

What Successful People Do On Sunday Night

Business Insider
March 20, 2016

They spend quality time with their families, friends, and significant others.

They plan something fun.

They organize and plan for the week ahead.

They exercise.

They eat something healthy.

They read.

They return calls, emails, and texts.

They unplug.

They relax.

They volunteer.

They reflect.

They end Sunday on a high note.

What Successful People Do On Sunday Night


Are You Investing Your Best Resources in the Wrong People?

Michael Hyatt Your Virtual Mentor - Win at Work. Succeed at Life
August 9, 2012

Check out this link to my favorite mentor, Michael Hyatt.


Here is how to invest your best resources —in your best people. Here’s how:

  1. Acknowledge that your resources are limited.

  2. Become aware of where your resources are going.

  3. End unproductive or unhealthy relationships.

  4. Identify the people you should be investing in.

  5. Schedule time on your calendar to serve these people.


I am sure you will want to start following him.

abundance and scarcity


“Scarcity is the deep belief that no matter how much we have, it is not enough. It tells us to not care about anyone but ourselves and it is the prevailing American creed.”

– Walter Brueggemann


From Sermon: “Questions Jesus Asks: How Many Loaves Do You Have?” by Pastor Chris Pedersen, Cedar Hill CRC , Sunday March 6, 2016

Choose and control your perspective

Perspectives. Inspirational quote typed on an old typewriter.


I am thankful:

For the clothes that fit a little too snug, because it means that I have enough to eat.

For all the complaining I hear about the government, because it means that I have freedom of speech.

For the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours, because it means that I am alive.

For the teenager who is not doing dishes but watching TV, because that means he is at home and not on the streets.

For taxes that I pay, because it means that I’m employed.

For a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing, because it means I have a home.

For weariness at the end of the day, because it means I have been capable of working hard.

For the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot, because it means I am capable of walking and that I have been blessed with transportation.

Executive Charisma, by D. A. Benton



What are you unthankful for until you look at it from another perspective?

When you look at your life from this perspective, has it actually been a lot better than you credit it for?

Executive Charisma
D. A. Benton

Ten Good Reasons To Kill Performance Reviews

Forbes / Leadership - Ten Good Reasons To Kill Performance Reviews by Liz Ryan
Feb 29, 2016

Interestingly I am in the process of helping a small not for profit administer a performance review for its senior staff person. With a board who are not that familiar with the process it has been difficult to perform a meaningful review on a timely re-occurring basis. As I worked through the linked post, I find myself thinking maybe we should not be performing one. Are we wasting our time in what can be a non-productive exercise. In here post Liz Ryan shares why that may be true.

Here are ten reasons why:

  1. They Don’t Work

  2. They’re Too Expensive

  3. They’re Not Consistent

  4. They’re Backward-Looking When You Should Be Facing Forward

  5. They Damage Teamwork

  6. They Don’t Document What They’re Supposed to Document

  7. They’re A Solution In Search Of A Problem

  8. They’re Not Necessary To Lead Your Team

  9. They Hurt Your Team’s Momentum

  10. Everyone Hates Them

Click the Link to receive the details behind this statement and a few brief suggestions of how to manage your team without performance reviews. Hopefully it involves as much thought as it did for me.


Link to Ten Good Reasons To Kill Performance Reviews by Liz Ryan

Should You Make Your Goals Public?

Holding yourself accountable? Or Setting an Example?

smart goal setting hand drawn on blackboard


How can you improve on SMART Goals? Add a P for public. We normally think of making our goals public to help hold us to keeping them. And of course this is a benefit. I’m not sure however if this is why Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg makes self-improvement goals public each year.  Setting them as public pledges has had an additional benefit, that being setting an example for others.

Here are his promises (goals) over the last several years:

2009 – Wear a tie every day.

2010 – Learn Mandarin.

2011 – When he ate meat it would be meat he slaughtered himself.

2013 – Meet someone new every day.

2014 – Write a handwritten note or e-mail thank-you note daily.

2015 – Read a new book every two weeks.

This year – run 365 miles over the course of the year and build an artificial butler for his house.

Since Mark is a role model of the millennium techies and others, this unintended side benefit has effected those who watch him. Many have taken on similar challenges. According to Lucas Biewald, a co-founder and the CEO of CrowdFlower a crowdsourcing company, “I think taking on self-improvement projects outside of work is part of the zeitgeist of Silicon Valley.” “People expect you to have things that you care about outside of work.”

Zuckerberg has transformed himself over the years, “He keeps reinventing himself and being a better human being.”

Max Nanis said. “He knows he has influence. That’s how I read a lot of those models…”

“No single person can rewrite a social norm, but if one influential person lets it be known that even as a pinnacle of success one ought to reassess life, that’s a good influence, “ said Steven Pinker a Harvard professor.



Do you make your goals public to add a level of accountability?

Are you enough of an influencer that your public goals or pledges would model these for others?


They Want to Be Like Mark
Sunday Styles
Matt Haber
February 28, 2016
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New York Times