Seth Godin has to be one of the most interesting looking dudes around. He was small (my husband would say “wiry”), bald, and talked kind of like Erkel from “Family Matters.”
Now I already knew this guy from a book my sister gave me to read called “Tribes.” She works for a non-profit (American Red Cross) and deals with volunteers all the time and thought I’d glean some good insights from this book about building and structuring teams. It was a neat book and I did enjoy it. Again, not earth shattering, but good.
What Seth was there to talk to us about was having the guts to actually start something new. This is a guy who has lost more jobs than he’s had. He is the most popular blogger around. He has founded dozens of companies. Basically, he’s a guy who knows how to get something new out there. And, I suppose I should add that he also seems to make them successful.
Here is a quote from Seth, “The challenge, it turns out, isn’t in perfecting your ability to know when to start and when to stand by. The challenge is getting into the habit of starting.” I like that – mainly because I find the fear of starting things in the church is paralizing at times. Why are we scared of change . . . of the new?
He’s definitely a seat of your pants kind of guy – the guy who is quick to take a leap of faith. But shouldn’t we all be willing to take a leap of faith when it comes to leading people to Christ? Why are we so afraid of failure? Failure only means we need to make some changes or start over. Not a big deal really.
Here is another quote from Seth: “If you sign up for the initiative path and continue on it when others fret about “quality” and “predictability,” you will ultimately succeed. The crowd won’t stop worrying because worrying is what they enjoy doing. But that’s okay, because you’ll be making a difference and using your newfound leverage to do more and more work that matters.” Yea, I get this. I just wish more folks would do this in the church . . . or maybe a better thing to say is that I wish I had the guts to do this more. Yea, that’s more appropriate 🙂