I decided to go through the 400+ messages my Google Reader has accumulated over the past couple of weeks. Trudging my way through myriads of information from web analytics to investment insights, I discovered a wonderful post from David Meerman Scott. David passed on a freely shared e-book written by Seth Godin (whom I also follow via an RSS feed – just haven’t gotten there yet) and contained some amazing insight for the new year.
Seth asked over 70 industry professionals to write a short essay given only one word. Each page contains that author’s input and, I must say after reading it, was compelled to write this post. EVERYONE in marketing, pr, communications, ethics and mid- to upper-level management can gain something from the text. Take some time to flip through this and let me know what you think. I’m sure you’ll be pleased.
In addition, I was happy to say I actually follow several of Godin’s contributors, and I’ve heard about several others through lectures or web casts. The composite list can be found on page 3 of the e-book, and I encourage you to look a few of them up. One person I really enjoy is Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love. In the book she talks about “slowing down” but I first came across Gilbert through her speech at the TED awards, where she spoke on creativity and genius. In case you haven’t seen this, take a few minutes to understand her message. It’s pretty interesting.
TED Talks – Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk
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I can’t believe I’ve had over 11,500 hits over the past couple of years. I’ve sent over 1,000 tweets. We live in a ever-growing, digitally connected world but I can’t stress enough the importance of human interaction. We need to make sure things are done becuase they’re the right things to do, not because it’s “in.” Just because something has potential for one company, it may not work for you. The joy you hear in someone’s voice when calling to wish them a simple Happy Birthday can never be replaced by a Facebook post.
Here’s to investing more time in the people and things I love in 2010. Happy New Year!