Are You Making Gods Out Of Your Plans?

Every time we get lost, we make our world bigger.

Our most valuable teachings come when our plans are disturbed. Our greatest transformations occur in the moments when we’ve lost our way. And our finest symphonies assemble when we turn a humble ear to the most unintentional music.

But when we make gods out of our plans, when we scrub our world clean of surprise, and when we preserve our sense of control by choreographing every goddamn minute of our lives, those unexpected turns never seem to take initiative toward us. And we shut the door on an entire orbit of opportunity that could change us forever.

Sadly, the chorus of voices tells us that if we don’t know where we’re going, we may never get there, or that any road will take us there.

To which I respectfully say, bullshit.

If we don’t know where we’re going, there’s no destination to scare us. If we don’t know where we’re going, our mapless journey turns blind alleys into broad avenues. If we don’t know where we’re going, nobody can stop us.

Not even us.

I can’t imagine living in a world where we can’t get lost.

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Are you making your own map?

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Scott Ginsberg


That Guy with the Nametag


Writing, Publishing, Performing, Consulting


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The Innocent Landscape

A hundred years ago, most scientists completed their best work before age forty.

Einstein, who identified his theory of relativity at age twenty-six, claimed that if a scientist had not made his greatest contribution by that age, he would never do so.

Of course, it’s all relative.

Life expectancy was dramatically lower. There was fraction of the information available. And the population of the world was under a billion.

Still, the relationship between youth and innovation never went away. History notwithstanding, young people have always landed on the forefront of invention.

Edison cranked out inventions at age eight.

Jobs built personal computers at age sixteen.

Zuckerberg developed software at age thirteen.

Not just because they were geniuses, but because they were kids.

And the fruits of their labor changed everything.

Because the young mind; the fertile, beautiful, innocent landscape that it is; has an inherent ability to question, play, wonder and explore all that it encounters.

And our challenge in the next hundred years will be nurturing and preserving that landscape before adulthood bulldozes it into a shopping mall.LET ME ASK YA THIS…
What are you afraid to create?

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That Guy with the Nametag


Writing, Publishing, Performing, Consulting


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Never the same speech twice.

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Are You a Mole or a Peacock?

Every day we make art not knowing if we will get recognized or paid for it.

This is both a beautiful and terrifying reality.

On one hand, everything we create is an arrow shot into eternity. We’re just winking in the dark, without feedback, without closure and without metrics. It’s just us, our art and a heaping pile of trust. What a pisser.

On the other hand, the ambiguity makes us work that much harder. It forces us to create from the inside out, from the place where inspiration comes from what’s in our heart, not what the market is asking for. It’s where our joy comes from the work itself, not the impression it makes on the world. We’re moles, not peacocks.

Either way, our artistic commitment remains the same:

Show up, bear down and push something out into the world that matters to us.

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What are you afraid to create?

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That Guy with the Nametag

Writing, Publishing, Performing, Consulting

scott@hellomynameisscott.com


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My Problem With Cell Phones

According to a recent report from the Cellular
Telecommunications Industry Association, our country has three 327 million
mobile phone subscribers, but only 315 million people.

Proof positive that
our insatiable desire for human connection will always outweigh our unstoppable
desire for technological consumption.

Smartphones are awesome, but the fix we get when we use them
to reach out and touch someone is the addiction.

It’s physiological. As mammals, acts of human bonding cause
our body to excrete oxytocin. This
chemical reduces fear and anxiety, which increases empathy, trust and
cooperation.

Who needs cocaine when we can get high on connection?

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Who did you connect with today? 

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Scott Ginsberg

That Guy with the Nametag

Writing, Publishing, Performing, Consulting

scott@hellomynameisscott.com


Never the same speech twice.


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We Are What We Share

We are what we share.

Just look at the last thing we published, posted, profiled, updated, uploaded, streamed, liked, tweeted or clicked.

That’s it. That’s us. That’s who we are, whether we like it or not.

And because the web never forgets – because the web is forever – we better be careful what we put out there.

A Georgia teacher got fired for posting videos of binge drinking.

A Buffalo congressman resigned after his shirtless pictured surfaced online.

A Cisco employee lost her job for publishing negative comments about her position.

A British juror was dismissed after disclosing sensitive case information on her profile.

Everything matters. Everybody’s watching. Everything is a performance.

Which isn’t that hard to do, if the character you’re playing is you.

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What did you share today?

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Scott Ginsberg

That Guy with the Nametag

Writing, Publishing, Performing, Consulting

scott@hellomynameisscott.com

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Are You Big Enough To Be A Target?

When someone plagiarizes us, we shouldn’t send a subpoena.

We should a thank you
note.

Creative piracy is a compliment. It’s a reminder that we’re worthy copying. And it’s validation that we’re big enough to be a target.

It’s also part of the job description. Everybody steals from
everybody everywhere. They always have, and they always will. That doesn’t make it okay. But there’s not much
we can do to stop it, and there’s even less we can do to prevent it.

Instead, let’s make peace with this reality. Let’s abandon
our scarcity mentality. And let’s err on the side of generosity and sharing.

We shouldn’t worry about getting back at people.

We should worry about getting back to work.

LET ME ASK YA THIS…
Is your work stealable?

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Scott Ginsberg
That Guy with the Nametag
Writing, Publishing, Performing, Consulting
scott@hellomynameisscott.com

Never the same speech twice.

Now booking for 2012-2013!

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Do You Make These 16 Mistakes of Utterly Uncoachable People?

When you’re not coachable, you’re not able to see yourself fully and objectively.

When you’re not able to see yourself fully and objectively, you’re not able to maximize learning.

When you’re not able to maximize learning, you’re not able to grow.

When you’re not able to grow, you’re not able to win.

LESSON LEARNED: Those who are coachable are profitable.

Now, instead of coaching you on how to become more coachable (I’m sure Google could do that for you) let’s approach this issue counterintuitively.

I’ve compiled a list of mistakes made by utterly uncoachable people. Special thanks to a few of my favorite coach-ey friends Dixie Gillaspie and Angela Leib for their brainstorms…

You Might be an Utterly Uncoachable Person If…

1. You allow emotional reactivity to block helpful feedback from entering your world.

2. You endlessly assert your ego by telling the coach he was wrong.

3. You begin every sentence with, “Yeah but…”

4. You complain that the coach is unfairly singling you out.

5. You constantly challenge the credibility of the coach.

6. You refuse to be open your behavior to review.

7. You aren’t receptive to feedback.

8. You don’t follow up after you’ve been given help.

9. You evade responsibility that change starts with you.

10. You limit yourself to only one outcome for every situation.

11. You listen thoroughly to people’s advice, and then go back to what you were going to do in the first place.

12. You object to feedback and shut down your coach via emotional reactivity.

13. You request advice for the sole purpose of NOT following it.

14. You rattle off a list of successful people that never needed coaches.

15. You refuse to follow the coach’s advice out of spite, even if the path leads to success.

16. You refuse to learn things about yourself that you’ve never seen before.

Make sure you’ve avoiding these mistakes at all cost, and you’ll have a tremendous head start on boosting your coachability.

In summary, let’s turn to a 2009 post from Seth Godin, who had this to say on being coachable:

“In fluid marketing and organization environments, where the world changes rapidly, coachability is a key factor in evolving and succeeding. Not because all advice is good advice. In fact, most advice is lousy advice. No, the reason coachability is so crucial is that without it, you don’t have the emotional maturity to consider whether the advice is good or not. You reject the process out of hand, and end up stuck.”

REMEMBER: Becoming coachable leads to becoming profitable.

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What do YOu think makes an uncoachable person?

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Scott Ginsberg
That Guy with the Nametag
Author, Speaker, Coach, Entrepreneur
scott@hellomynameisscott.com

Never the same speech twice.
Always about approachability.

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