Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. ~Charles W. Eliot

Friday, October 22, 2010

Seth's Blog

Seth Godin is a bestselling author, entrepreneur and agent of change. He riffs on marketing, respect, and the ways ideas spread. Seth's blog at is one that I subscribe to, from which I have learned a great deal that has proven useful in both my professional life and my personal life. In today's post, Seth contemplates the problems with whining.
He notes that it's a waste of time because it doesn't work out and
it's a reverse placebo. Seth says,
When you get good at whining, you start noticing evidence that makes your whining more true. So you amplify that and immerse yourself in it, thus creating more evidence, more stuff worth complaining about.
Seth's suggestion, I think, is to stop whining. He also seems to suggest prattling on about how optimistic you are. My suggestion is a little bit different - do something about it! Everyone of us can be an agent of change. Whining and complaining are cheap and useless but looking for solutions and creating new possibilities are far more gratifying and productive and something we can all do! Make the world a better place. Pick up a book and read with a child today. Maybe a picture book. Might I suggest I Didn't Do It by Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest

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