a public tribute to seth, and the story of how I failed, to succeed:
I though of making my private notes public not a long time ago. I just never made a decision to take action on it, until this happened:
on December 10th I read that Seth godin ( www.sethgodin.com ) is requesting applicants for a 7 month-long project. the 2 people accepted would be personally mentored by Seth Godin, and payed a large sum.
without hesitation or any failure-related thoughts, I applied. one field in the application said: “online presence — where do you live online, where do we find out more about you.” I could only think of twitter. except, I knew that Seth hated twitter. he doesn’t tweet. and he generally doesn’t like the dynamics of it. blogs are more his thing. so intuitively I write the address to this blog, and submit. except, at that time, it was an empty blog. there was no content in it. nothing at all.
and suddenly I realize: oh shit! to have the slightest chance to be accepted, I have to actually publish something considerable before the 14th. and that’s when it hit me. this is the perfect opportunity to make my private notes public! (2 in 1) and I announce it instantly with this note.
of course, this is a story about how I failed, to succeed. so I fail. Seth doesn’t want me (for now at least :-). but what’s amazing is that he ended his request for applicants this way: “I hope each one of you gets something out of this, even if we don’t get a chance to work together.” thank you Seth – because magically, that’s exactly what happens.
if I didn’t reply to seth’s request I wouldn’t have made my notes private at the right timing. and it wouldn’t have led to notes. I would have never found this most valuable community, and these lovely people willing to write comments longer than the notes themselves. people that actually contribute, dig deeper, and provide sharp insights into what it means to be human. a community with the intention of building the collective knowledge; as opposed to arguing from an egotistical perspective. a community that genuinely believes in collectively making a statement against privacy-generated fears. a community for openness, for sharing, and for mutual collaboration.
notes is a huge success. in 3 days (at the time of writing this): more than 27,000 note views, and more than 100 full-content comments. it’s beautiful to see this success for openness and sharing. I’m overwhelmed.
you, reading this now, thank you so much.
you made this happen. you are creating an open world. this is your success. and it could only have come after failure.
you can fail too.
p.s. closely related: how do we protect ourselves from failure with this habit?