Missed it by that much -- Remixing Seth Godin's Blog

The original post is from Seth Godin titled Missed it by that much. It resonated with me, and then the ending felt...off. So I tried a quick remix, check it out:

(Seth's writing is in quotes)


"I got to the gate just as they closed the door and the plane began to back away. 

It was thirty years ago, but I still remember how it felt. I think we’re hard-wired to fear these painful moments of missing out.

Deadlines don’t cause death if missed, but sometimes we persuade ourselves that it’s almost as bad. As a result, marketers and others that want us to take action invent cliffs, slamming doors and loud buzzers.

We put a rope at door, a timer on the clock and focus on scarcity and the fear of missing out. And as a result, consumers and students and co-workers wait for the signals, prioritizing their lives around the next urgency.

When everything is focused on the deadline, there’s little time to work on the things that are actually important. When we build our lives around ‘what’s due’ we sacrifice our agency to the priorities and urgencies of everyone else."

More important is the bigger issue: your perception of reality. 

Invented catastrophes and deadlines are like a house of mirrors. Someone else is profiting from our disorientation.

And since we have to keep moving through these houses of mirrors, we might as well play with perspective along the way. 

Building creatively in the space between stimulus and response, reminding ourselves that this is water.