Shades of Godin: Make Great Art

Most days I am running around like an idiot.

It is possible that I say, ‘YES!’ to more things than I should, but how can a girl not do the things that she loves?

  • Exactly.
Volunteer all weekend? SURE!

Volunteer all weekend instead of installing flooring? SURE!

My self-imposed, crazy schedule means I have very little time to read books. I try to read before I go to sleep, but waking up 2.592 seconds after you fall asleep because a book just smashed into your forehead doesn’t make for a good REM cycle.

Besides, the red mark is hard to explain the next day.

Introducing cardio reading.

My current workout split is lifting 4 days a week with 10 or so minutes of HIIT sprints after and 2 days of steady state cardio or more aptly put, sit-your-arse-on-a-bike-and-do-hills-while-you-read.

I am never quite sure how the library feels about getting my books back after I have sweated over them...

I am never quite sure how the library feels about getting my books back after I have sweated over them…

For the most part this is pretty easy. The only problem is when I read an inspiring book and I want to take notes. When this happens I become the crazy lady who is reading, putting tabs in a book, and haphazardly writing notes in a small journal all while trying to keep her cadence going and dripping sweat.

I love Seth Godin.

True story. His writing has been a catalyst to many of the things I have done, ways I have grown, and changed my thinking. And he wears awesome glasses.

I love that he can pull these glasses off. This fact alone makes him rather awesome.

I love that he can pull these glasses off. This fact alone makes him rather awesome.

Last month I ordered 4 pairs of glasses online and one of the pairs received quite the internal comment as they went into the shopping cart.

Love these – very Seth Godin-esque. Totally buying them.

Unfortunately, they don’t love me back.

I wear these babies at home where no one can see me. The only way I will even show the internet them on me is on my head. Yup, they are actually THAT bad.

I wear these babies at home where no one can see me. The only way I will even show the internet them on me is on my head. Yup, they are actually THAT bad.

Anyone who can pull off wearing such bold glasses deserves a listen and a thorough read.

Icarus.

Seth’s newest book is ‘The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?‘. In true Godin form, he kicked me in the arse.

We are all artists and how we live our lives and do the work we have been called to do is our art; whether it involved a paintbrush or not.

Everyone knows that Icarus’s father made him wings and told him not to fly too close to the sun; he ignored the warning and plunged to his doom. The lesson: Play it safe. Listen to the experts. 

We tend to forget that Icarus was also warned not to fly too low, because seawater would ruin the lift in his wings. Flying too low is even more dangerous than flying too high, because it feels deceptively safe. 

The safety zone has moved. Conformity no longer leads to comfort. 

 Read this book.

After cardio reading this book, I had to sit down and type out all the things that hit home for me.

There were a lot of good points made! Its possible I killed a post it note tree...

There were a lot of good points made! Its possible I killed a post it note tree…

Food for thought…

Isn’t it interesting that we never say, “I am a broken arm’ or‘I am cancer’? We understand that these are things that happen to us, they are not who we are.

And yet we say, “I am afraid,’ and ‘I am a failure.’  Of course afraid isn’t who we are; afraid is something that happened to us. Failure is an event, not a person.

The only thing that’s clearly true is this: “You are an artist.”

So go be amazing and stop worrying about what other people think. Make art and change the world.

What are you not doing that you must do?

Feel the fear and make the art anyways!

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Comments

  1. Love this. I don’t read while I workout, but I do listen to books on i-Tunes. This is a great way to be; training body and mind at once. Last night I did a back workout while listening to Bohnhoeffer’a Letters. What a beautiful experience.

    Oh, and I loved this:

    The only thing that’s clearly true is this: “You are an artist.”

    • I also listen to books or podcasts while I train; it is what all the cool kids do. 😉 Looking up Bohnhoeffer’s Letters now…

      And yes Roy, you are definitely an artist!

  2. I hear ya! I have zero time to read but now my commute has changed so I can sneak in 20 minutes or so a day. I love Seth Godin’s books. I recently read Linchpin and I’ve just started the Purple Cow. They are so motivating in a brutally honest way – which is exactly the kick up the arse I need!

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