What contribution are you making?

What contribution are you making?

 

Seth Godin’s post, 10 Questions for work that matters, had me thinking quite a bit in the past week or so and I’ve written several blog posts answering some of those questions. I think it was timely for me and a great way to reflect on what I’m doing.

Thinking this week about these questions I couldn’t help but also think about some people and their work, their messages, their products, my relationships, what was important to me and how they all resonated in my life.

Its apparent that I recognized those in my thoughts and their contributions but as I reflected a bit more deeply about this question I am simply amazed at the abundance that I’ve been blessed to experience. Perhaps I should be a little less tough on myself and celebrate a bit more. That said, I should alos be motivated by the enormous opportunity to serve more, create more, explore more, publish more, teach more while I still have the time.

As I conclude, I think Brendon Burchard nails it when he says “Did I Live, Did I Love, Did I Matter?“. I think its a wonderful mantra to truly consider in doing work that matters but also everything you do in life.

The time we have here is short. Make it matter.

 

Would we miss your work if you stopped making it?

Would we miss your work if you stopped making it?

 

This past week I’ve been answering questions posed by Seth Godin from this blog post.

Most of my answers to the questions seemed to align with his hint that ‘any questions that were difficult to answer deserve more thought. Any answers that are meandering, nuanced or complex are probably a symptom of something important.’

There are definitely symptoms!

Much like the question and blog post ‘What do people say when they talk about you?’, my hope is that people would miss my work. What I’ve realized during my reflection on this question is that I haven’t even started on my work in the grand scheme of things.

This realization is probably by design. Its almost rhetorical in its intent and I appreciate it.

The reinforcement here after a series of questions and my subsequent answer is that people wouldn’t miss my work because they don’t know it is as I am intending. The net effect of the imposter syndrome and not shipping my work more often or sharing my ideas, thoughts, courses, apps and creations is that nobody will see them and thus have the opportunity to miss what it is I have to share.

That would be a tragedy.

I’ve enjoyed thinking more deeply about the questions Seth asked on his blog post. The exercise helped me get a bit more clear and put things in the right perspective. That so, I think its worth recommending for others to ask themselves the questions from Seth’s post and truly think about them deeply.

What about you? Would we miss your work if you stopped making it? Leave a comment below.

 

What do people say when they talk about you?

What do people say when they talk about you?

 

Question: What do people say when they talk about you?

Answer: “I don’t know. Ask them!”

I think the point or lesson Seth Godin was getting at here when he asked this question was two-fold. At least thats what I am telling myself.

  1. On one hand I think what Seth was saying here is that people will have an opinion of you one way or another…..even if its no opinion at all. Perhaps this is a motivating factor for those of us that care what others think about us and what they say about us in conversation with others. In some regards, this is what Gary V refers to as our ‘legacy’. What people will say about us when we’re long gone…or at least not present.
  2. The other hand may be our natural tendency to protect our egos. Do we or should we care what others are saying. For the strong willed that have strong personalities, not caring about what others say about us, is a trait that takes some skill and practice. ‘Thick-skinned’ if you will or at least ‘being able to handle criticism’.

Perhaps elements of both points are true.

My hope is that people truly know that I genuinely care what they think and I wouldn’t be human if I wasn’t disappointed that people didn’t like me…for whatever the reason. But I know thats not practical. Further, I would hope that people valued what I had to offer and that what I did offer made a difference in the lives of others. Acknowledging that I have made mistakes, all in all, I was good. Finally, I would hope that there was enough about me; my quirks, my contributions, my fails and triumphs that people would talk about me fondly and remember for me for something good…..

Now its time to do more good stuff so that people can talk more about it!

Its a good question to think about…