thanks to the Reeder iPhone app, i’m using RSS again… which means i’m reading Seth Godin again.

given my current position - founder of a startup that sees nothing but opportunity ahead - and my recent visits to my alma mater to speak to current students and to TechStars Boston to advise current teams, these quotes from Godin’s post “The Opportunity Is Here” really resonated with me…

Most of all is this: every individual, self-employed or with a boss, is now more in charge of her destiny than ever before. The notion of a company town or a stagnant industry with little choice is fading fast…

¡Note! Like all revolutions, this is an opportunity, not a solution, not a guarantee. It’s an opportunity to poke and experiment and fail and discover dead ends on the way to making a difference. The old economy offered a guarantee–time plus education plus obedience = stability. The new one, not so much. The new one offers a chance for you to take a chance and make an impact.

i love Godin’s line here, because it’s so true. the game has changed (and will continue to do so) and the real winners will be the people who adapt and evolve in the new world. there is tons of value to be created in the chaos of the world. embrace it!

so when speaking to a student group the other day, i rattled off a thousand stories and sound-bites, but really i tried to impart upon them a few things which resonate with Godin’s post…

  1. everything’s going to be ok. [don’t freak out if you don’t have a job yet.]
  2. pursue opportunities, especially those off the beaten path, and don’t shy away from the associated risk. embrace it.
  3. be a good person. simple, but this means work hard, do right, be genuine… 

it’s by no means a definitive list, but judging by the responses i got from the group, it’s what they needed to hear. i’m going to keep working on these ideas as i continue my efforts to help someone else everyday.

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