Nascent Ideas

Is it Worthy?
June 17, 2008, 2:53 pm
Filed under: Inspiration

I’ve just finished my degree and at the weekend I got my grade through, I’m at the point where it’s now time to use my skills to pay the bills, get out there and make something happen. I’m going to paste in full the text from a recent post by Seth Godin but I highly recommend you go there and read through his blog. It’s a marketing blog but in todays age we’re all in marketing, right?

“Is this the best I can do?

I’ve paid for the rent and the furnishings and the menus and the
staff and the insurance… is this plate of food worthy of what went
before it?

I’ve flown across the country to visit this museum–a building that
cost more than a billion dollars to create and fill and maintain. Is my
attention focused enough?

We paid $300 in marketing costs just to get this phone to ring this one time. How shall we answer it?

I’ve had a great education, suffered and scraped and scrounged to
get this point… is this diagnosis, this surgery, this prescription,
this bedside manner the end that justifies that effort?

We live in a stable democracy, a place where people have lived and
died to give us the freedom to speak out… is that talking head or
this spinning pundit the best we can do? Or is he just trying to make a
profit and air another commercial?

Is cutting corners to make a buck appropriate when you consider what
you could have done? What would someone with a bigger vision have done

Is being negative or bitter or selfish within reason in face of how
extraordinarily lucky we were to have been been born here and born now?

I take so much for granted. Perhaps you do as well. To be here, in
this moment, with these resources. To have not just our health but the
knowledge and the tools and the infrastructure. What a waste.

If I hadn’t had those breaks, if there weren’t all those people who
had sacrificed or helped or just stayed out of my way… what then?
Would I even have had a shot at this?

What if this were my last post? Would this post be worthy?

The object isn’t to be perfect. The goal isn’t to hold back until
you’ve created something beyond reproach. I believe the opposite is
true. Our birthright is to fail and to fail often, but to fail in
search of something bigger than we can imagine. To do anything else is
to waste it all.”