Seth Godin- Internet as Amplifier

The internet as envy amplifier

Used to be that the only Jones you needed to worry about was the one who lived next door.

Now, if you choose, it’s easy to find someone taller, richer, more successful, better liked, with more followers, online friends, connections and endorsements. And certainly it will be someone less deserving than you.

George Carlin liked to talk about the person (there’s always someone) who is worse off than you. The web allows you, with not much effort, to find the person who is better off.

Like many authors, I was briefly addicted to the Amazon bestseller list. Every hour, you can check how you’re doing. The problem (other than the insane non-productiveness of it) is how tricky “you” and “doing” are in that sentence. A number isn’t who you are, and your status compared to other people isn’t how you’re doing.

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I’m not sure the goal needs to be to have more turtles under you than anyone else has. Some things are better left unsearched.

*** my own addition-

Sometime you need to focus on your own business.

We look at others and are not looking at what we can do.

What Re-invents Your Business?

What are the things that make you add something to your business? Is it a post from Seth Godin? It is a great book you read? It is a session with your Virtual Assistant or Your Business Coach? It is customer service complaints or articles that you find on the web. It is ideas you get from other industries when you read their periodicals? Why do I ask? It all works.

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I really want to know, post below!

Random rules for ideas worth spreading by Seth Godin

Random rules for ideas worth spreading
By Seth Godin
with commentary by Dr Wright

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If you’ve got an idea worth spreading, I hope you’ll consider this random assortment of rules. Like all rules, some are made to be broken, but still…

You can name your idea anything you like, but a google-friendly name is always better than one that isn’t.

Everyone loves that I have the Wright Place- the flaw? It doesnt tell you what I do, so I use the tag line: Telling Your Entrepreneur Story
Don’t plan on appearing on a reality show as the best way to launch your idea.

You would be surprised how many people plan on using Shark Tank, The Apprentice and anything else to get attention. Use some good old fashion advertising and Publicity to YOUR fan club!
Waiting for inspiration is another way of saying that you’re stalling. You don’t wait for inspiration, you command it to appear.
Don’t poll your friends. It’s your art, not an election.
Never pay a non-lawyer who promises to get you a patent.
Avoid powerful people. Great ideas aren’t anointed, they spread through a groundswell of support.

  • The hard part is finishing, so enjoy the starting part. Sometimes you have to add a finisher to your team.2008 High Tea 012
  • Powerful organizations adore the status quo, so expect no help from them if your idea challenges the very thing they adore.
  • Figure out how long your idea will take to spread, and multiply by 4.
  • Be prepared for the Dip.
  • Seek out apostles, not partners. People who benefit from spreading your idea, not people who need to own it. This is a big idea
  • Keep your overhead low and don’t quit your day job until your idea can absorb your time.
  • Think big. Bigger than that.
  • Are you a serial idea-starting person? If so, what can you change to end that cycle? The goal is to be an idea-shipping person.
  • Try not to confuse confidence with delusion. Know how is going to pay for it and why.
  • Prefer dry, useful but dull ideas to consumer-friendly ‘I would buy that’ sort of things. A lot less competition and a lot more upside in the long run.
  • Pick a budget. Pick a ship date. Honor both. Don’t ignore either. No slippage, no overruns.
  • Surround yourself with encouraging voices and incisive critics. It’s okay if they’re not the same people. Ignore both camps on occasion.
  • Be grateful. Yes in this economy and with these customers!
  • Rise up to the opportunity, and do the idea justice.

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