Will you kill off your good ideas?

Written By Geoff Talbot - Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. 

 
 
Ideas are free but execution is costly.

it is interesting to think about the two meanings of the word execution.

To execute an idea is to implement, to make it real and to make it tangible. To execute a person is take away their life.

Many entrepreneurial types that we meet are constantly generating new ideas without ever implementing any of them — they are terrified of the execution.

Execution is costly, it requires, your time, your faith, your resources and your ego.

You are going to have to sacrifice your life and kill off many good ideas if you want to bring that one golden, world changing concept to life.

 
 

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You have to see your baby before you can name it.

Written By Geoff Talbot - Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. 

 
 
When we had our first child, we decided to go old school and wait until out baby landed on planet earth before finding out the sex; our choice was to have the surprise when the surprise arrived.

As a result, for nine months we tried to choose both boy and girl names; very early on we had a girl’s name chosen BUT no matter how hard we tried we could NOT find a boy’s name that we liked.

And I mean, we tried everything, very long car rides were punctuated with incessant name games, we’d start at “A” and go all the way through to “Z” — nothing seemed right, I was pretty sure we’d tried every boy’s name from every culture on planet earth.

Then that magical day arrived and we were blessed with a boy, a bright, wide eyed, curly haired wonder… without a name.

For 24 hours our baby was somewhat unimaginatively known by the young rapper name of “Baby T” — the surprising thing was he looked like none of the many names we had come up with on those long car rides.

Finally, I said to my wife Athaliah, “I can’t name him, I think you are supposed too” — a few moments after I said these words the name “Gabriel” spontaneously tumbled out of my mouth… it was not a name we’d ever considered, and it was perfect.

It is tempting to try to define and name our businesses, our brands, our blogs before we’ve seen them clearly, before we know what or who they are — but we have to see the baby before we can name the baby.

 
P.S: Try writing your blog post before you choose a title.
 

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There is a light on the horizon, walk towards it.

Written By Geoff Talbot - Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. 

 
 
It is easy to feel powerless.

I’ve had my moments of emasculation, when nothing I did as an entrepreneur or an artist seem to work. When I’ve failed, my family has suffered and there were times when it was almost too much to bear.

Although, I felt powerless in these moments, I was never powerless — a lie only holds sway when it is taken as truth (share).

Brave entrepreneurial soul, I don’t know where you are today on your journey, but where-ever you are know that many have walked the path you now tread.

Remember your words have power, you have the ability to separate light from dark, truth from lies, bone from marrow.

Continue to make good, strong, brave, wise choices, and in your darkest moments do not relinquish your ability to think and act for yourself — there is a light on the horizon, walk towards it.
 
 

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When you do NOT have enough to succeed.

Written By Geoff Talbot - Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. 

 
 
Do you ever feel as though you are not enough, that you do not have the “resources” required to fulfill a strong vision or creative idea?

You should know that you are not alone in this.

In the beginning none of us have what we require, in fact often we have nothing at all — nothing except an aching void — a deep sense that something is missing, coupled to a very strong desire for something more.

Perhaps this is the actual genesis of all creativity? Perhaps every brand, every project, every dream begins with the fearful presence of absolutely nothing.

Nothing is the best place to begin because from this point forward anything is possible.

Do not forget that all of life begins with nothing, nothing but love and a wonderful idea (Tweet).

 
 

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Art is the artist and the artist is the art.

Written By Geoff Talbot - Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. 

 
 
The greatest things in life are often the simplest things, and simplicity by its very nature is uncontaminated, singular in its structure, pure and unadulterated.

Refinement and purification are labors of great love for the “artist” committed to raw perfection.

This process of pure simplification cannot begin with the work of your hands, for if the heart of the artist is not pure and simple, then the work of their hands (however magnificent) will be largely truthful only in its contradiction.

Learning to be simple and remaining in an uncluttered space is a lifelong journey.

It’s so easy to become tired, cynical, angry, greedy or proud, for life throws us both many arrows and it also offers us great goblets of greed, and in our confusion we can lose the simplicity of being and the joy of creating.

In the simplest most pure state, the artist cannot be separated from their creation, for one is merely a deep reflection of the other.

Art is no longer the object, for art is the artist and the artist is the art (Tweet).

 

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Uncovering what it really means to listen

Written By Geoff Talbot - Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. 

 
 
Ask any great actor what really makes great acting they will invariably reply “listening”.

Traditionally, however we think of listening as simply something we do with our ears but it is so much more than that.

Real listening could be best described as a “sense of engagement.” Typically when actors have great chemistry on screen it is because they are really “engaged” with each other; they are listening with their whole beings and here in lies the secret to building strong relationships in every sphere of life.

It is also tempting to think of listening as a short term thing; but real engagement and trust takes place in ordinary life when people listen to each other over a long period of time. Bad listening is pretty much a sign of a weak relationship.

When your business is not thriving, an important question to ask is simply, “am I taking the time to really listen?”
 

 

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The SECRET To Leading From The Front

Written By Geoff Talbot - Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. 

 
 

It is impossible to make a difference, sitting on your high horse, watching as others battle and fight in the trenches below.

Your horse is keeping you safe and detached.

Leading from the front requires that you get down from your horse, grab your sword and start fighting back to back with ordinary men.

Who is sitting on their high horses in today’s society?

The cultural influencers…

Musicians, artists, actors, reality TV Stars?

Perhaps FAME is a new type of class system, a kind of privilege that ostracizes rather than defends the honor of the extra-ordinary souls battling in the trenches below.

 

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