Did you ever wonder how you could apply more than one use for a blog post? Some of us do it with books!
We write and publish books that are relevant to our blogs, and add a blog post or two as the foundation of an amazing publication.
Seth Godin‘s single thought blog posts have founded many a book, and some books are completely formatted around blog posts.
Contemplating a publication?
Where did those ideas come from? Well, to be perfectly honest, most of his ideas probably come from comments, other bloggers, and an idea warehouse that he keeps on his desktop computer, in the form of BLOGS. Seth Godin’s mind-bending writing technique is almost as much fun as his graphics. Almost!
The key to success with books is to build a tribal audience of readers and writers who participate in the promotion of your books and blogs.
Seth does it by igniting a perfect storm of reviews, such as the one below.
“Tribes – We Need YOU to Lead Us” by Seth Godin – Book Review
By Eugene Harnett
The one idea in this book that sticks to me like a family name is the one about opportunity. I will work on it from now, and I will change my understanding of that word, and I will evangelize that understanding in all my days henceforth. And I want you who live in America to get it now, too. It is that futuristic. It is that significant that I want it to stick to the consciousness of Americans all over from now on.
You see, in America, we have so much blessing compared to other places in the world, where children have no parents, where roads and utilities are scarce, or where governments have a mixed up idea of the role of individual freedom. We have so much advantage here in America, yet we complain about not getting a good parking space, or a download being so slow.
What Seth Godin is saying about this blessing called “opportunity” is that we are missing a huge ingredient, a big chunk of it. We are settling for mediocre in our land of opportunity because “opportunity” is too ubiquitous. It’s everywhere. It’s too easy. We, obviously, did not die for it. Others did.
Godin, therefore, suggests you and I replace the concept of opportunity with another “O” word: obligation. Americans have an obligation to utilize our technology, to reach higher than the status quo, to accomplish the quest inside each of us. We have an obligation to raise the standards of excellence, to play in the game of life with more vigor than others. Instead, we are settling for the comfort of this blessing called opportunity, not realizing its full value.
Are you settling for mediocre? Did you have to give three hours of your life to the television or computer screen last night? Is this freedom and opportunity being squandered by potential leaders? Interesting questions, after all.
That is the result of having so much opportunity: we think of it just like air, we don’t. Free, easy, and always available. Yet, let me close with this thought about that. How long would you hold your breath and never breathe in a gulp of air again, if I promised to give you the stock value of, say, Microsoft? I’m waiting. Breathing again, already?
Opportunity that valuable is an obligation.
By Eugene Harnett
Eugene Harnett is a family man and a spiritual leader. He loves to create and implement ideas for community benefit. Visit him at Eugene Harnett’s Blog. Many blessings.
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