Qarrtsiluni. That was the title of Seth Godin’s blog post today. Here’s the full post: This is the Inuit word for “sitting together in the darkness, quietly, waiting for something creative or important to occur.” Of course, this works. The only difficult part is doing it. We’re buzzy people, inundated with noise, using it to hide … Continue reading Thanks to Seth, I learned a new word that (almost) describes what I do every day
It only took five years and ten months. But then it happened. Shortly after I woke up this morning (OK, 10 seconds) I checked my blog stats and at some point during the night, somebody, somewhere in the world made a questionable choice. He or she decided to follow my blog, and in so doing, … Continue reading Well, That Was Kind of a Letdown
Well, at least according to Seth Godin. Here was one of Seth's posts this week: “Well, that’s a dumb idea” As dumb as selling shoes, an item that comes in 100s of sizes, over the internet. As dumb as expecting people to find a date or a spouse online. As dumb as building an encyclopedia … Continue reading My Blog Is on the Verge of a Major Breakthrough
Here was Seth Godin's post from the other day: People who are very good at Scrabble are not more kind, better judges of character, more facile with soft skills, better long-term thinkers, more fun at parties or much of anything except good at Scrabble. (emphasis added) Of course we don’t decide on who should have … Continue reading Is Seth Godin Picking on Scrabble Players?
Note: the first part of this post may not be of much interest to many people. But if you scroll down, you will see a couple of really cool animations of data. Charles Joseph Minard (27 March 1781 – 24 October 1870) was a French civil engineer recognized for his significant contribution in the field … Continue reading Is This the Best, or Worst, Graph Ever Drawn?
In Seth Godin's blog post today, he asks the following: If you have a retail chain that offers: A variety of products, at high margins, that are easy to ship, without being needed immediately, in expensive retail locations, where the in-person shopping experience isn’t particularly remarkable… And while we can all see where this is … Continue reading Can What You Do Be Replicated by Technology?
Here is Seth Godwin’s blog post from Friday: In many situations, a leaky roof is worse than no roof at all. If there’s no roof, we’re not surprised or disappointed if we get hit with some raindrops. But a roof that leaks has raised expectations and then failed to meet them. Promising us a roof … Continue reading My Blog Never Promised You a Roof
I came across this mesmerizing video today, thanks to Seth Godin. At least I found it mesmerizing, but my guess is most people won’t. It’s got two things against it - it’s long by YouTube standards, almost 26 minutes, and it’s a video of a guy solving a Sudoku puzzle (but at least the guy … Continue reading Warning: If You’re Not A Fan of Sudoku, You May Want to Just Hit Like and Move On
In one of Seth's posts this week, he notes that if your job is one of detecting and selecting, for example, college admissions or stock picking, the data shows that while it’s possible to be worse than average at such tasks, it’s almost impossible to do consistently better than the average. To believe you're doing … Continue reading Did Seth Godin Just Pen the Perfect College Admissions Letter? Stockbrokers Take Note…
Earlier this week, Seth Godin had a post about lifelong fans, and the importance we place on being a fan. He writes: This instinct (of being a fan) is so strong that we suspend disbelief (and create belief) based on something as shallow as what logo is on the box. We confuse our rational understanding … Continue reading What Would Cause You to Stop Being a Fan of Someone or Something?