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Safety Not Guaranteed

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Have you seen the film Safety Not Guaranteed? I saw it in the cinema when it was released a few years ago and watched again this week on Netflix.

It’s a lovely film that makes me cry because it’s a film about people and kindness and it’s really heart-warming and stuff like that gets me every time. It has one my favourites quotes about music and songs too:

It’s that time and that place and that song, and you remember what it was like when you were in that place. And then you listen to that song, and you know you’re not in that place anymore, and it makes you feel hollow. You can’t just go find that stuff again.

When I’m listening to music alone I’m either fantasising about the future or feeling hollow thinking about the past.

When I listen to music alone it’s never about the present.

Let’s talk about ageing

meryl streep on ageing

“I’m very f*cking grateful to be alive. I have so many friends who are sick or gone, and I’m here. Are you kidding? No complaints!”
Meryl Streep

If I’m honest, the thought of ageing scares me. And then I read something like this and it puts it all into perspective. As if I didn’t love Meryl Streep enough already.

Love what you do

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.

Seth Godin

Seth Godin on Zeitgeist

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…!