Seth Godin on The Game of Life, The Value of Hacks, and Overcoming Anxiety (#476)

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” Perfectionism has absolutely nothing to do with ideal.”
— Seth Godin

Seth Godin (@ThisIsSethsBlog) is the author of 19 global bestsellers translated into more than 35 languages, consisting of Tribes, Purple Cow, Linchpin, The Dip, and This Is Marketing. Hes also the founder of the altMBA and The Akimbo Workshops, online workshops that have actually changed the work of thousands of individuals.

In this episode, we explore many subjects, including:

The worth of hacks
The magic of Hamilton

What learning to handle and cultivating creativity have in common
The myth of quality
What Seth indicates by “Dont steal the revelation.”
Concentrating on kindness instead of stress and anxiety
Selecting the ruleset of your own video game of life
How Joni Mitchell eschewed the security of the sinecure
What you would do if you understood you would fail?

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Whats the etymology of the word “hack,” and how does it associate with Seths new book, The Practice?
What is the particular meaning of the word “quality,” and how does it differ from its normally accepted meaning?
What makes Lin-Manuel Mirandas Broadway hit Hamilton more “wonderful,” in Seths estimation, than West Side Story? Maybe the real concern: what is magic, and what does it take to make it?
Why concealing behind words like “quality” or “perfection” as a way of holding off action to play it safe is a cop-out– particularly these days.
What Isaac Asimov and Gary Gilmore can teach us about authors block and other common procrastinations.
Analyzing what we suggest when we inform ourselves our work isnt “sufficient,” weighing the genuine reasons we might choose to take a less difficult course, what it sometimes takes to get us back on the best path, and why generosity does not imply free.
” Process saves us from the poverty of our intentions.” -Elizabeth King.
On the selfishness of authenticity, and why Seth thinks the way we act determines how we feel way more typically than the method we feel determines how we act.
If attitudes are abilities, how do we sharpen them?
Abilities with an out of proportion roi that business owners and creatives ought to think about cultivating.
On stress and anxiety and the futility of peace of mind.
Among the most significant mistakes inefficient instructors make, and what we should remember if we want to work students.
The value of applying constraints and boundaries to the learning procedure, and comprehending the gift that tension gives.
How do you not steal the revelation as a teacher, however develop stress so that people will plow ahead with finding out or developing an ability something?
Examples of how the power of favorable restraints have actually had an effect on Seth– and how they went from giving aggravation to the core of his beneficial working life.
How would Seth usher a prospective entrepreneur through the procedure of picking restraints prior to they embark on creating some darling that theyre not ready to kill?
How can a business owner or freelancer apply restrictions when their plans are already in movement?
A nugget from The Practice: Seek happiness. How does one do this?
As someone whos succeeded in zigging where others have zagged, How has Seth picked the video games he has played, and in what ways has this altered with time?
What provided Seth with a template to comprehend the difference between doing fulfilling work and just training for the outcome? For that matter, whats so bad about training for the outcome?

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The Practice is Seths 20th book. What is he saying in this one that he didnt navigate to in the 20 before, and what should prospective readers intend to obtain from it?
How would Seth suggest somebody literally discover how to manage, and how does this process figuratively encapsulate the building of strength required for flourishing in an ever-changing world?
How the method I discovered to swim– in my 30s– was totally effective however similarly counterproductive (and by coincidence, the method Seth uses to swim every day).
In what ways is cultivating creativity comparable to finding out how to juggle?
How does Seth separate category from generic, and who was Earl Stanley Gardner?
With 230 chapters in less than 230 pages, which ones does Seth hope most resonate with readers?
How Joni Mitchell alienated her mainstream audience in order to discover her tiniest viable audience and, ultimately, do much better work that didnt train for the result.
What would you do even if you knew you would stop working?
Parting thoughts.


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Seth Godin (@ThisIsSethsBlog) is the author of 19 international bestsellers equated into more than 35 languages, including Tribes, Purple Cow, Linchpin, The Dip, and This Is Marketing. Hes likewise the creator of the altMBA and The Akimbo Workshops, online seminars that have changed the work of thousands of people. His most recent book is The Practice: Shipping Creative Work.

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The Tim Ferriss Show is one of the most popular podcasts on the planet with more than 500 million downloads. It has actually been picked for “Best of Apple Podcasts” three times, it is often the # 1 interview podcast throughout all of Apple Podcasts, and its been ranked # 1 out of 400,000+ podcasts on numerous events. To listen to any of the previous episodes for free, take a look at this page.


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