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.

Does Your Business Have Swag?

For me – in Entertainment- Swag means Souvenirs Wearables and Gifts.

It’s chotskies, you know free stuff. When it’s from a TV Show, radio show or movie, we call it SWAG. Or if it’s a bag full of stuff, it’s a SWAG BAG.

SWAG also is short for SWAGGER. SWAGGER is How one presents him or her self to the world. Swagger is shown from how the person handles a situation. It can also be shown in the person’s walk.

Swagger is to conduct your self in a way that would automatically earn respect.

My favorite blogs with Swagger are

Ramit- I will Teach You to Be Rich

Seth Godin- Seth Godin’s blog

The Bloggess-

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Learning by analogy by Seth Godin

November 17, 2009 by  
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Learning by analogy

By Seth Godin

Some people are way better at this than others.

The other day, I was talking to someone about a complex and specialized issue. It’s quite possible that this was the first and only time in the history of the world that this precise set of circumstances had ever occurred. He said, “do you have an example of how this has worked before for you?”

I was puzzled. I mean, not only hadn’t I ever had this precise problem, but no one in the world had.

It’s like the left-handed chiropractor in Berkeley wondering how he can use new technologies and marketing techniques wondering why there aren’t more case studies about left-handed chiropractors in Berkeley.

Sure, the industries change, the goods/service ratio changes, regulation changes, names change. Doesn’t matter. It’s all the same. People are people, and basic needs and wants don’t vary so much.

Put aside your need for a step-by-step manual and instead realize that analogies are your best friend. By the time there is a case study in your specific industry, it’s going to be way too late for you to catch up.