Nov 15 2013

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Seth Godin,

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Moving Forward, The Right Stuff

NOT A GIFT

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THIS POST WAS WRTTEN BY SETH GODIN ON HIS BLOG YESTERDAY

We felt it was worth not just linking but sending out in it’s entirety. Have a great weekend.

Paul and Tracey

Here are attributes many of us value in co-workers, bosses, employees, friends and vendors:

  • Honest
  • Punctual
  • Curious
  • Proactive
  • Flexible
  • Thoughtful
  • Generous
  • Fun
  • Committed
  • Respectful
  • Organized
  • Interested
  • Creative
  • Likable
  • Positive

you get the idea. These are things that turn someone from ordinary into a star. They are even attributes we now assign to our favorite brands, treating them like trusted or respected friends.

Someone who is likable, honest, curious and thoughtful is easy to think of as gifted. This natural charisma and care is worth seeking out in the people we choose to work with.

The thing is, it’s a copout to call these things gifts. You might be born with a headstart in one area or another, you might be raised in a culture or with parents that reinforce some of these things, but these are attitudes, and attitudes can be taught, and they can be learned.

The question, then, is do you care enough to take them on? It’s not fair to say, “I’m not respectful” or “I’m not creative.” It is honest and clear to say, “I choose not to be honest,” or “I don’t want to do the work to be organized.”

We can own these things. What a privilege. (HT Zig).

Posted by Seth Godin on November 15, 2013

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  • Robin Madsen

    That’s interesting, as to whether these things are learned, or innate. I was pretty much a wanton heathen as a young child (lying, stealing) ,until my horrified parents sat me down and had a talk with me. That was it. I got it. I have been an honest, ethical person ever since. And yet, I know people who have had “the talk”, and far worse, and continue in their abberant ways. So is it nature or nurture?

  • Steppie Royes

    What an interesting insight. I deal with this when people point out flaws in family members and just give the excuse “they were raised that way and will never change”. Change is possible. You may not have been born to be an orgainzed person but there are tips and tricks that can be taught and formed into a habit that can make anyone able to put things away in such a matter that it can be found when needed. It might not be an easy lesson, but old dogs can learn new tricks! Great blog!