12/10/2010 by Sarah Ritchie
Wow…I LOVE IT when this happens! Another “making a difference” moment. Today’s blog offering from Seth Godin hits the same mark I have been jawing about over this last week. All these literary coincidences should probably (if I am being wise and alert) add up to one big revelation (and commission)…now it is up to me (and you) to DO something about it!
Do you need a permit? (Seth Godin, 11 October 2010)
Where, precisely, do you go in order to get permission to make a dent in the universe?
The accepted state is to be a cog. The preferred career is to follow the well-worn path, to read the instructions, to do what we’re told. It’s safer that way. Less responsibility. More people to blame.
When someone comes along and says, “not me, I’m going down a different path,” we flinch. We’re not organized to encourage and celebrate the unproven striver. It’s safer to tear them down (with their best interests at heart, of course). Better, we think, to let them down easy, to encourage them to take a safer path, to be realistic, to hear it from us rather than the marketplace.
Perhaps, years ago, this was good advice. Today, it’s clearly not. In fact, it’s disrespectful, ill-advised and short sighted. How dare we cheer when a bold changemaker stumbles? Our obligation today isn’t to spare the feelings of our peers from future disappointment. It’s to establish an expectation that of course they’re going to do something that matters.
If you think there’s a chance you can make a dent, GO.
You have my permission. Not that you needed it.