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What Matters in 2010

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Welcome to 2010, and my new website. Time to think about What Matters Now.

Seth Godin, the writer, blogger, marketer and guy-that-makes-people-think-differently is helping us think about what matters now. He started a project where he asked what he calls “big thinkers” to suggest just one word to think about going into the new year. He then had each of them write no more than one page about their word. The result, a free ebook, is fascinating, inspiring, challenging and fun.

Download it here, read it, share it, think about it, share it some more, re-read it, and then share it with even more people.

More than seventy interesting people participated in this project, each submitting one word and their thoughts about why. Some of my favorites are:

  • Meaning. Hugh McLeod, author, provides some simple sentences relating to meaning, such as “Never compare your inside with somebody else’s outside,” and, ”You are responsible for your own experience.”
  • Vision. “When times are tough, vision is the first casualty. Before conditions can improve, it is the first thing we must recover,” says Michael Hyatt, CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers.
  • Enrichment. Rajesh Setty says, “Through choosing to enrich other people’s lives, you add meaning to both their life and your own.”
  • Excellence. The management guru and author, Tom Peters provides 19 words beginning with the letter “E” that leads to excellence in one’s life.
  • Ripple. John Wood Founder & Executive Chairman of Room to Read, urges us to help children learn to read, for that child will help others, and they will help others, and…

Oops. I had meant to skim through What Matters Now and pick out just a few of my favorites. The five that I just mentioned were in the first third of the book. Instead, I got caught up in reading the whole thing again. Not that it takes long to read – that’s the cool thing about it. You can read the entire ebook in no time – unless you think about what’s being said. And that’s the fun part.

Download it, read it, think about it, share it. What Matters Now. It’ll impact your performance.

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