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:
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?