Verbal Gumption

I have been in Winnipeg for a few days, celebrating Christmas with my husband’s family. I was determined to just let the blog alone for the duration, but then I read my email and discovered a free ebook from Seth Godin.

Godin offers the following summary for his timely book:

Here are more than seventy big thinkers, each sharing an idea for you to think about as we head into the new year. From bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert to brilliant tech thinker Kevin Kelly, from publisher Tim O’Reilly to radio host Dave Ramsey, there are some important people riffing about important ideas here. The ebook includes Tom Peters, Jackie Huba and Jason Fried, along with Gina Trapani, Bill Taylor and Alan Webber.

So why is is the book free? Godin states, on Squidoo, that:

We want to shake things up. More than seventy extraordinary authors and thinkers contributed to this ebook. It’s designed to make you sit up and think, to change your new year’s resolutions, to foster some difficult conversations with your team.

Give it a try. I have. I only needed to see Elizabeth Gilbert‘s name to know it would be worth reading, for her essay alone. And then I discovered Martha Beck has an essay, not to mention Tom Peters, Guy Kawasaki and . . . 67 others.

Dylan, over at 800ceoread, dubbed it “verbal gumption, a heavy dose of inspiration to help you take on the coming year.”

What a succinct term, verbal gumption. We have all experienced the verbal diarrhea that the new year seems to induce ~ impossible resolutions, crying over past sins ~ and this is not that!

I could see putting the small essays that inspire me onto cards and creating an inspirational deck (I actually have quite a collection already, gathered elsewhere). Anne Jackson exhorts us to be courageous and give fear the boot. Hugh McLeod‘s multiple fonts, with pithy sayings like “Sing in your own voice” and “Never compare your inside with someone else’s outside” are humorous as well as challenging. Marti Barletta‘s strategy: “Forget about working on your weaknesses —> Focus on supporting your strengths,” is a brilliant turn-a-round.

Need I say more?


About CarolWiebe

Art entices, inspires, and delights me. Art is a vehicle for laughter, tears, wonder, enlightenment--taking me on a constant path of discovery. You can't say that about housework (except, perhaps, for the crying part).
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2 Responses to Verbal Gumption

  1. SusanJ says:

    Serendipity — I just read about this neat place in Winnipeg!

  2. Carol Wiebe says:

    Thank you so much, Susan. I was/am a great fan of Carol Shields. I will definitely look into this! (I also had many good laughs reading “Larry’s Party,” in which the labyrinth was a major theme).

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