If you have been following this blog for just a few months, or for the past one to two years, you will see that I often find the words of Seth Godin to be magical. Every now and then I like to share a snippet (or the entire blog)…and it is funny because as I am typing this today a notification just flashed across my screen that I have a new blog from Seth. His ears must have been ringing. Seth is a marketing guru, he has published countless books on the art of doing so. And the post I want to share today goes hand in hand with my book Exceptional Every Day.
For those of you who might follow Seth and have already read this…I won’t apologize as sometimes it’s good to read something again! Sometimes that is the only way to get it to stick. Stay blessed my friends…keep attacking life.
In our culture, it’s easy to choose to live in deficit.
To spend just a bit more than you make, so that you’re in debt.
To need to drive just a bit faster than the prevailing traffic, so you can push every interaction.
To measure yourself against someone (there’s always someone) who has more (there’s always more) than you do.
If this habit of becoming ‘behind’ is the fuel you need to do your best work, it’s difficult for an outsider to argue against.
But consider that it’s also possible to choose to live in surplus.
To spend a bit less than you make, so you’re never worried about paying the rent.
To drive with the flow of (metaphorical) traffic, because not only is it safer, it frees you up to dream.
And to measure yourself against no one but yourself. Raise your standards as often as you can, but not because someone else you chose out of the lineup of success is somehow ahead of you.
When you live in surplus, you can choose to produce because of generosity and wonder, not because you’re drowning.