Truth is in the Shadows

A Bird in Search of a Cage - Seth Godin​ on freedom


A bird in search of a cage

So much freedom, so much choice, so many opportunities to matter.

And yet, our cultural instinct is to find a place to hold us, a spot where we are safe from obligation and the opportunity to choose. Because if we choose, then we are responsible, aren't we?

It's Your Turn - Seth Godin

This theme of freedom is not about being without constraints or without responsibility. That is not freedom, but anarchy, which there is much too much of in our world today.

No, this freedom is the willingness to step outside of the social constraints that bind us to others' opinion of us and do that which we were born to do, that makes a difference, that changes the course of not only my life, and, your life, but the lives of thousands and millions around the globe.

From page 23:

Making everything okay.
There are three problems with freedom.

Things often don't turn out precisely the way we hope.
Resolution takes too long.
And we might fail.

Let's look at these three.

1. When we make our lives dependent upon them turning out a specific way, we are not free from the external constraints that bind us to social obligation. We need to find our freedom within ourselves, so that we can act as soon as we can, as often as we can, in as many places as we can, in ways that surprise others as frequently as we can. This is how freedom is joined with integrity to give us the life that beats with our hearts telling us who we truly are.

2. Taking too long is a product of living by the clock expecting things to always be a certain way. However, if we embrace The Speed of Change, we'll see time disappear. Everything will begin working as a nice simultaneous whole. We'll still get exhausted. We'll still make mistakes. We'll still miss out on opportunities. We'll still encounter challenges and traumatic situations. However, the joy we gain from the inner strengthening of our lives will make it all worthwhile.

3. Failure is only a word for those who are unable to learn from mistakes. If you are moving fast through change, then failure becomes the impetus for simplifying, clarifying and focusing on precisely where our impact should be. Until then, we are just searching for that "one" thing we are supposed to do. There is no one thing. There is the thing right now that presents itself to us. So go do it.

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