Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Hitch-22

Good vibes out to Christopher Hitchen's... I read "Letters to a Young Contrarian" and thought it was brilliant. I also thought he needed to reread his own words when he decided he was a neocon. But, I still admire him and hope he's back raising hell soon.

Letters to a Young Contrarian (Art of Mentoring)

Seth Godin - How was your day

Love this story in Seth Godin's new book, "Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us" -

"It's four a.m. and I can't sleep. So I'm sitting in the lobby of a hotel in Jamaica, checking my email. A couple walks by, obviously on their way to bed, having pushed the idea of vacation a little too hard. the woman looks over to me and, in a harsh whisper a little quieter than a yell, says to her friend, "Isn't that sad? That guy comes here on vacation and he's stuck checking his email. He can't even enjoy his two weeks off." I think the real question-the one they probably wouldn't want to answer-was, "Isn't it sad that we have a job where we spend two weeks avoiding the stuff we have to do fifty weeks a year?"... "Life's too short" is repeated often enough to be a cliche', but this time it's true. You don't have enough time to be both unhappy and mediocre. It's not just pointless, it's painful. Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you ought to set up a life you don't need to escape from."

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us