Yesterday, I had the good fortune of attending an all day seminar with Seth Godin; author, master-marketer, and thought innovator and as expected I awoke today feeling inspired and ready-to-go. (Also, helps that I actually allowed myself to go to bed at 6:45pm last night and catch up on some much-needed sleep!) So today, my usually fertile mind seems to be firing at a more rapid rate than usual as one thought and idea after another parade through my consciousness. It feels good, as if my batteries are fully recharged and my system is ready to spring into action. So the question, that keeps surfacing is – what are you going to do with this burst of inspiration and energy?
First, the most obvious piece spread the word a bit. If you haven’t read any of Seth’s books, I recommend that you do. There are several to choose from, and his most recent, Linchpin is as good a place to start as any. I could tell you what his books are about, but you can find that out more efficiently by going to his website: http://www.sethgodin.com/sg/ and reading about them for yourself. (I would also recommend subscribing to his daily blog for a daily blast of thought provocation and inspiration.) And since I know that Seth can speak for and take care of himself, I would rather focus on the broader phenomenon at work here. Finding the people, ideas and experiences that lift your spirits, light your fire and make you want to do and be more and then surrounding yourself with them.
For each of us, the paths will be different. The excitement I feel when I hear or read Seth Godin’s ideas may not resonate for you, but something or someone out there will. The idea is to think about what inspires you and to realize that not all inspiration is going to sit comfortably inside you. There are times when new ideas are an irritant – like the grain of sand in the oyster, they make you react and think and it may be uncomfortable but the impact is felt all the same. To me, finding your inspiration and using it to enhance how you think and act and interact in the world is something you owe not just to yourself but to the world around you. Cause when you find it – when you are living your life in a passionate and authentic way you are at your best and everyone benefits from that little bit o’ business.