Jane Hart had a post about a free ebook from Seth Godin called What Matters Now. It bills itself as “Things to think about (and do) this year”. the book consists of short pieces written by a bunch of people I am really not familiar with, but what they have to say is pretty interesting.
One piece that really spoke to me was this one by Anne Jackson:
Have you ever wondered who’s behind that little voice in your head that tells you, “you’re in this by yourself, one person doesn’t make a difference, so why even try?”
His name is Fear. Fear plays the role of antagonist in the story of your life. You must rid yourself of him using all necessary means.
We’re often impressed by those who appear to be fearless. The people who fly to the moon. Chase tornadoes. Enter dangerous war zones. Skydive. Speak in front of thousands of people. Stand up to cancer. Raise money and adopt a child that isn’t their flesh and blood.
So, why are we so inspired by them? Because deep down, we are them. We all share the same characteristics. We’re all divinely human.
Until Fear is gone, (and realize he may never completely leave) make the decision to be courageous. The world needs your story in order to be complete.
This is the kind of thing you will find in the book. It isn’t for everyone, I know, but it is good to have something to think about.
This made me think of a post a couple years ago, I think, on OLPC News. I can’t find it right now, but I remember that it said something like what we each need to do is look around and see how we can contribute. We can’t all come up with great new technical innovations or write great programs or design learning modules. But we can all do something. The trick is finding that something and doing it.
So this short piece by Anne Jackson has reminded me that I have to find my niche. I have to find what it is I can do and do it. Because my story, my contribution is important.
And so is yours!
Get the book here.