Picked up the new Seth Godin book yesterday and read it today. It’s an easy read, especially since I’d already encountered many of the ideas through his blogs and videos he’s published about the book.
“Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates changes another. Art is a personal gift that changes the recipient.”
Why aren’t you making art, regardless of what it is that you are doing? Godin argues that we aren’t “shipping” enough (producing enough art) because of “the resistance–our lizard brain.”
What’s a lizard brain, you ask?
“The lizard brain is hungry, scared, angry, and horny. The lizard brain only wants to eat and be safe. The lizard brain will fight (to the death) if it has to, but would rather run away. It likes a vendetta and had no trouble getting angry. The lizard brain cares what everyone else thinks, because status in the tribe is essential to its survival. The lizard brain is the reason you’re afraid, the reason you don’t do all the art you can, the reason you didn’t ship when you can. The lizard brain is the source of the resistance.”
Kill your lizard brain. Be a linchpin.