When it’s three o’clock in New York, it’s still 1938 in London.
Instead of, “do what you love,” perhaps the more effective mantra for the entrepreneur, the linchpin and maker of change might be, “love what you do.”
If we can fall in love with serving people, creating value, solving problems, building valuable connections and doing work that matters, it makes it far more likely we’re going to do important work.
“All English students are unreasonably attractive.”
“If you date them, they send you poetry in texts.”
“I think they used to read for fun but their degree has made them hate it.”
“There’s always a mature student who sits at the front and just wants to talk about Margaret Atwood.”
“They’re constantly imagining they’re somewhere else.”
Seth Godin warns us to beware the zeitgeister:
He only cares about what’s trending now. The only worthy examples are this week’s examples, or even better, tomorrow’s examples.
The zeitgeister will interrupt a long-term strategy discussion to talk urgently about today’s micro-trend instead. The zeitgeister has little or no knowledge of the foundations of his industry, merely an out-of-context understanding of today’s state of the art. He’s encouraged by the media, of course, because the media are in the zeitgeist business. It’s easier.
The challenge, of course, is that the momentary zeitgeist always changes. That’s why it’s so appealing to those that surf it, because by the time it’s clear that you were wrong, it’s changed and now you can talk about the new thing instead.
Wise words. And Zeitgeist has long been one of my favourite words…!
London is a splendid place to live in for those who can get out of it.
George John Gordon Bruce
London is a small place, and it is very incestuous. People know where you live. Everybody is sort of on top of each other.
I believe we shall come to care about people less and less. The more people one knows the easier it becomes to replace them. It’s one of the curses of London.
“I don’t know what London’s coming to — the higher the buildings the lower the morals.”
Noël Coward, Collected Sketches and Lyrics
Kelly Beall via swissmiss