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Self Made Myth

Western societies, especially the good ole USA, revere the myth of the “self-made” man. Even though many people might consider some of my greatest influencers; Seth Godin, Leo Babauta, Hugh MacLeod, and Scott Berkun self-made men, all of them depend on what Godin defines as “tribes” for their livelihood. And they’ll all humbly admit it – which is why I’m a fan.

I recently listened to Leo interview Seth on the subject of tribe-building for writers. Here are some tidbits of sage advice served up by Mr. Godin:

  • Don’t get upset by the fact that you don’t have a vision and can’t tell what’s coming next.
  • The core of any worthwhile, enduring business is not about maximizing profit.
  • You’ve got to embrace a willingness to fail.
  • Get that voice out of your head so you can do your best work. (D’oh!)
  • Don’t write for strangers – you don’t need a huge “tribe“, and thus, you don’t have to dilute your message.
  • Forget about writing “how to” books anymore. People just look it up online.
  • People hate reading, so keep it short.

The first four bullets are not just applicable to aspiring writers, no?

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