Are you ready to make THE difference you were put on the planet to make? Many people answer “yes” but quickly discover that the best of intentions are hard to carry out in light of the discouraging conversations they have with themselves. Seth Godin has written extensively about what he calls the “lizard brain” or “monkey mind.” It’s that part of us that tells us we can’t, even though we really want to. This conversation with Seth is characteristically packed with insight and mindset shifts about how to do the work without getting bogged down in limiting self-talk. Listen, learn, and take action.
Soft skills are not so soft. They are what enable you to make the difference in your world.
The so-called soft skills – compassion, empathy, understanding, people-skills – are not something that should take a back seat to a more “hard” skill set. Seth Godin says the reason that’s true is that the soft skills are your true skills, the ways you truly touch human lives and make a dent in the world around you. Seth talks about how he’s come to that realization in this episode and tells how he’s integrated that concept into his new altMBA program, which is drawing all kinds of attention – and deservedly so. You can learn about the program and why it’s causing such a buzz, on this episode.
Why Seth Godin hates the idea of “gurus” and what he proposes instead.
It must be an aspect of human nature to set others on pedestals, to think they have some kind of secret formula or higher understanding that we ordinary mortals don’t have. While it’s true that education happens in stages and maturity comes through a process of fits and starts, Seth Godin believes that everyone can contribute to the world in massive ways if they only learn to get out of their way. That’s it. There’s no hidden secret or guru-inspired formula. It’s you, ignoring your self-talk, and getting to work. No more excuses. No more justifications. Just you, doing what you were put on the planet to do. That’s how you will make the difference… your difference.
How does Seth Godin handle his own inner resistance?
Whenever we see someone as prolific and successful as Seth Godin, the tendency is to think he’s somehow different, somehow gifted in ways the rest of us are not. But Seth says there’s one simple thing that he’s learned that makes the difference between him and everyone else – and it’s something anyone can apply to their own situation: He’s learned to stop listening to the voices inside that tell him he can’t. In fact, he takes it as a personal challenge to prove that he can, and he simply does it. Find out how Seth approaches his own inner battle, on this episode of Converge.
Are you up to the challenge of Seth Godin’s new altMBA program?
There are lots of amazing, big-name people who have become alumni of Seth Godin’s new altMBA program. Just go to the website to see – you’ll be impressed at the list of people and what they have to say about their experience. But it could also be a bit intimidating, a reason for you to think it’s not for you. Seth says that is not true in the least and tells why everyday people are finding his program not only helpful, but life-changing. The altMBA program is the most effective, life-changing thing Seth has ever done. Find out why, on this episode.
Outline of this great episode
- [0:59] Dane’s introduction to Seth Godin.
- [3:25] Why your “soft skills” aren’t soft at all. They are your real skills.
- [6:38] Seth’s “Alt MBA” program: what it is and why he created it.
- [12:09] What resistance looks like for Seth in his world.
- [18:55] Who the altMBA program is for and how you can get connected with it.
Resources & Links mentioned in this episode
- Seth Godin’s altMBA (and the “Ideas” page Dane mentioned).
- Seth on Twitter
- Seth on Facebook
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