What Matters Now?

Wow, it’s hard to believe we’re coming to the end of the first season of 2010. Here in northern New Mexico, we’ve been blessed (or cursed, depending on how you look at it) with lots and lots of snow this winter, which promises a gorgeous, green spring.

Spring is a time for new beginnings, and to help you dive into it in the most expansive, creative way, we want to share with you a wonderful free e-book called “What Matters Now” that came out at the end of last year. It’s a collection of insights and inspirations from some of the most interesting thinkers around… Seth Godin, Elizabeth Gilbert, Tom Peters, Martha Beck, Tony Hsieh, and many more.

All of them share what they’re thinking about and doing this year. Here’s something to whet your appetite:

Generosity (from Seth Godin)

When the economy tanks, it’s natural to think of yourself first. You have a family to feed a mortgage to pay. Getting more appears to be the order of business.

It turns out that the connected economy doesn’t respect this natural instinct. Instead, we’re rewarded for being generous. Generous with our time and money but most important generous with our art.

If you make a difference, people will gravitate to you. They want to engage, to interact and to get you more involved.

In a digital world, the gift I give you almost always benefits me more than it costs.

If you make a difference, you also make a connection. You interact with people who want to be interacted with and you make changes that people respect and yearn for.

Art can’t happen without someone who seeks to make a difference. This is your art, it’s what you do. You touch people or projects and change them for the better.

This year, you’ll certainly find that the more you give the more you get.

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