Let’s change the subject from physical infirmities (depressing) to personal motivation for a post or two. I just read Seth Godin’s book Poke the Box and can sum up its simple message in two of his favorite words: start and ship.

The idea behind start is to be initiators. Give yourself permission to do something about your ideas and dreams without waiting for others. Be creative; begin where you are; expect failure as part of the process; keep at it!

Ship means to deliver something on time and to spec. Beginning is necessary but not sufficient; you have to finish, to see your creation out the door and into the world, be it blog, book, idea, invention, painting, product, screenplay, software, gadget, game, ministry, music.

Exactly what you create, modify or improve will grow out of your innate talent, accumulated experience and resilient ability to learn from your mistakes.

Godin’s insights aren’t new. They resonate with the ancient language of Genesis. Humanity’s God-given mandate was to, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it (1:28).

The purpose of existence is extension.
We are to have a positive impact on the world.
We are to do more than consume; we are to create!


One thought on “START and SHIP

  1. Recently I’ve been asked to create an automated program to help assimulate visitors and new members into a church I started attending three months ago. I’m planning to suggest the name, BOSS ASAP, for Bayside of South Sacramento ASsimulation Automation Program.

    I imagine it will be very satisfying if such a system is implemented. January at work, I was reassigned against my will to the data center but coordinate a tracking system that may be similar to what the church is looking for. Start and Ship. Thanks Mike.

    I am sorry to hear of your most recent stiches. It doesn’t seem fair. You are one tough dude and may qualify for the Guiness Book of World Records for number of hardships endured by a decent, stinkin’ good writer.

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