Friday Wrap-Up: Celebrating the Awesome

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One of my favorite reading niches is business books. Like self-help but with a tighter, more disciplined focus that helps me feel like I’m going to take over the world rather than talk about relationships and take a bubble bath (too harsh?).

Imagine my excitement when I started Seth Godin’s latest The Icarus Deception, which is not only about businessy-business but also about being awesome and recreating yourself as an artist. What I love about Godin is his straight-to-the-source commentary. Take this one:

“Our cultural instinct is to wait to get picked. To seek out the permission, authority, and safety that come from a publisher or a talk-show host or even a blogger who says, ‘I pick you.’

Once you reject that impulse and realize that no one is going to select you–that Prince Charming has chosen another house in his search for Cinderella–then you can actually get to work….

No one is going to pick you. Pick yourself.”

In that spirit, what awesome things have you done for yourself this week? I’m in the process of setting up my own web content writing/editing company and, while tax and small business laws are cah-razy, I feel awesome for being able to pursue what I’m really passionate about AND keep food in the house.

Since I know that you’re also awesome (all of you beautiful readers), share whatever awesome thing you did this week, career-wise or family-wise or any other general life category.

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  • Amanda @ On a Book Bender

    LOVE the message of pick yourself. Huh. We really do wait for people to pick us, don’t we? My awesome this week is that I made a bunch of graphics. And wrote a blog post/newsletter. :)

    (Also, your post made me realize I had yet to make an appointment to get my taxes done, so thank you. Appointment has been scheduled.)

    • Nikki Steele

      It really is a great message and one that he hammers on repeatedly in the book. It’s a great kick in the pants.
      Woohoo taxes, graphics, and writing! Sometimes it can be so easy to only think about what we need to get done that we forget about all the amazing things we have already done.

  • Joanna Hennon

    That book sounds awesome! :-) I don’t usually go for business books, but I love the message of this one. And I’m perfecting my own business idea, so I guess I’ll need to read something business-y at some point!

    • Nikki Steele

      It’s quite an amazing book that I’m drawing out in the reading so I can actually focus on it when I do. Godin has tons of books, and is a great resource as you try to figure out just what the heck you want to do.

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