How to Stop Getting Left Behind By Life

I subscribe to over twenty newsletters, but I only read two of them with any kind of regularity. One of those two is from Seth Godin, an author, entrepreneur, marketer and philosopher. If you don’t follow him, I suggest you do.

After several years of reading Seth’s work, there is one post that stands above the rest; at least to me. Maybe it came at a time that I really needed it, but it still rings true today.

Here’s what he wrote:

It’s a cultural instinct to wait to get picked. To seek out the permission and authority that comes from a publisher or talk show host or even a blogger saying, ‘I pick you.’ Once you reject that impulse and realize that no one is going to select you–that Prince Charming has chosen another house–then you can actually get to work. If you’re hoping that the HR people you sent your resume to are about to pick you, it’s going to be a long wait. Once you understand that there are problems just waiting to be solved, once you realize that you have all the tools and all the permission you need, then opportunities to contribute abound. No one is going to pick you. Pick yourself.Seth Godin

The full post can be found here.

The hard, and liberating, truth is this: if you really want something, you need to raise your own hand and then get up and start moving. Regardless of whether or not someone else picks you.

Maybe it means finally starting your blog, writing that book or hosting your own speaking gig. It might require taking lessons to develop an important skill or signing up for a course that will teach you the ropes. Whatever it is, you have permission to take a step.

It’s hard because it takes guts.

It’s liberating because it means you don’t have to remain stuck anymore.

You don’t have to wait to be great. You’re allowed to pick yourself.

Of course it requires discernment to know the right timing. But if you have a dream and you’ve been waiting for the stars to align, then decide to be a little more daring.

The world is waiting for you to step out and solve a problem. They just haven’t realized yet that it’s you they need.

So, what does ‘picking yourself’ mean to you?

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