In the face of billions of dollars of destruction, of the loss of life, of families disrupted, it’s easy to wonder what we were so hung up on just a few days ago. Many just went face to face with an epic natural disaster, and millions are still recovering. Writer’s block or a delayed shipment or an unreturned phone call seem sort of trivial now.
We’re good at creating drama, at avoiding emotional labor, and, most of all, at thinking small. Maybe we don’t need another meeting, a longer coffee break, or another hour whittling away at our stuckness.
There’s never been a better opportunity to step up and make an impact, while we’ve got the chance.
This generation, this decade, right now, there are more opportunities to connect and do art than ever before. Maybe even today.
It’s pretty easy to decide to roll with the punches, to look at the enormity of a natural disaster and choose to hunker down and do less. It’s more important than ever, I think, to persist and make a dent in the universe instead.
We’ve all been offered access to so many tools, so many valuable connections, so many committed people. What an opportunity.
Seth Godin has written thirteen books that have been translated into more than thirty languages. Every one has been a bestseller. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership, and, most of all, changing everything.
*Photo by NASA Goddard Photo and Video.