Don’t shut up!

Written by Geoff Talbot — Co Founder of The Seven Sentence Blog

 
Too often we settle for a watered down version of life.

The stress of being and the opinions of others remind us to stay small and to not rock the boat in any way — so, we end up remaining quiet, half-saying what we mean — and something in us begins to shrink and dwindle away.

This is terrible, your life matters, do not allow this happen.

You must not remain silent any longer.

Every person, whether they are big or small, young or old, sinner or saint, healthy or diseased, rich or poor, broken or unbroken: EVERY SINGLE person has
a unique perspective that is valuable to those around them.

You don’t necessarily have to have a serious voice and you don’t have to be an expert either, your role is to simply be you, to give what you have, to say what you see, to add to a conversation that is much worse off without you.

What is it that you wish to say AND why are you not saying it?
 

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Your Unique Perspective

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A message from Geoff Talbot – Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. 

 

You can make anything better, nothing has to stay the same, you don’t have to wrestle with the same old problems day after day.

Most things grow through relationships; at their best other people have insight, they stretch us, they encourage us, they gift us with a perspective that we do not have (hold this thought).

Recently, many of the Business Owners, Coaches and Thought Leaders that we talk with have confessed that one of their great challenges is to consistently come up with remarkable and engaging blog content that enables them to grow.

Because I am passionate about helping people in this area, today, I’m excited to tell you that we’re launching Blog Masters (more info), a six month program, where small groups of people (Maximum of 7 people only per group) will work together with me to transform their blog into a groundbreaking product that is truly an asset for their business or career.

If you want your blog to be better then I hope you will consider joining us!

Details: There are only 7 spaces available in each particular timezone available and we will be rolling out the first groups in early June, so get more details here and fill out the enrollment form at the bottom of the page.

7 Very Important Questions

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

 
Why are you here?
Do you enjoy your work?
Do you value “relationships” above everything else?
Are you expressing your unique thoughts and opinions on a regular basis?
If you won $20 Million, how would use it to make the world better?
Are you fearful of technology or are using it to hide from real relationships?
Do you feel known by those closest to you?
 
 
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Why the human touch will always matter!

Written by Geoff Talbot — Co Founder of The Seven Sentence Blog

 
 
This week in The Huffington Post,  Dr. James Canton, a futurist predicted that by 2025 robots will be delivering our babies (read here). What do you think about that?

One of the greatest delights of my life was catching my son Gabriel as he entered the world; and I just can’t help but wonder if R2-D2 would still let me do that!

What’s interesting to me is that no matter how much we automate, a human being still longs for the human touch, that intensely human personal interaction that tells us that we still matter.

You can’t automate the human touch, you may be able to copy it very accurately, but even then it will always lack that certain familiar warmth, that spontaneously irregularity, that life-giving sense of comradeship.

We need to be careful that we don’t use technology to hide, to falsely self protect, to literally avoid the human touch (that we each so desperately need) at all costs in the name of efficiency.

There is another way that we can use technology of course, we can use it to find our compadres, to connect more accurately, to know each other more deeply and to share the joy of being unique human with the world.
 
 

Human Touch Will Always Matter

Pride and Prejudice – Classic Book Review

Today’s excellent book review of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice comes from author, Rebecca Jean Downey.

 

“However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighborhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered as the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters.”

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, 1764

Did you know that in Jane Austen’s time, “Men” were considered property of the village in which they lived?

For decades, I’ve been reading Pride and Prejudice, written in 1764 and finally published in 1813 under a pen name, and this go-round I discovered an attitude toward men that I had missed, and it left me a bit breathless.

In the Romantic Age in England, there was nothing romantic about it at all; marriages were mostly consummated out of necessity to keep an estate in tact, and this was precisely Jane Austen’s point; males, not just females were held captive by the strictures of society.

This realization has cut me to the core because my fascination with Austen’s message is also central to my own novels, in which I write about the trafficking of humanity and the lengths my characters go to break free from a world in which they are held captive—as if these ideas were something new.

Elizabeth Bennett’s courtship with Fitzwilliam (Will) Darcy is a courageous undertaking, requiring both to overcome their pride and prejudices in order to love each other- that rare prize for which we all strive.

As Elizabeth notes, “But vanity, not love, has been my folly…Till this moment, I never knew myself.”

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The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking – Book Review

Today’s excellent book review of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking comes from Rick Gibbs of Best Work Now.

 

Many years ago, I was labeled an introvert by the Meyers Briggs Type Indicator and strongly advised to put myself “out there” and become more outgoing, the key to success and happiness.

It was painful, but I followed diligently, often encouraging others to do the same until Susan Cain’s book Quiet:  The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking , revealed another path, more true to my reserved nature.

A card-carrying introvert, Susan carefully builds her case, explaining the terms introvert and extrovert first researched by Carl Yung in the early 20th century, then describing the evolution from a “culture of character” to a “culture of personality” which led to the “extrovert ideal” that exists today.

The book is a study of famous introverts like Rosa Parks, Gandhi, Lincoln and a host of contemporary introverts that disprove the notion that leaders can only achieve greatness with high-octane charisma.

Cain suggests that teamwork does indeed have an “I” with performance enhanced by people working in solitude without brainstorming, which doesn’t produce better ideas and without open plan offices, which actually can inhibit collaboration.

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Using a familiar example to illustrate the value of both styles, Cain asserts that without Steve Wozniak studying technology alone for years combined with the outgoing leadership of Steve Jobs, the Apple that we know today might not exist.

If people describe you as the silent type, if you feel anxious with people you don’t know,  or if you have languished in the shadow of a perky “people person”, Quiet is a book that you need to study carefully in your uniquely reserved way—join the revolution!

 
 

Why you need to get out of the box

Written by Geoff Talbot — Co Founder of The Seven Sentence Blog

 
What is your box?

What are the constraints that pull you back in when you move to far to the left or to the right?

Is there an invisible ceiling that appears to cap the amount you can earn or achieve? Is there something underneath you that stops you going low, getting really dirty and subverting the culture all around you?

Where does the box exist, is it in your mind or does also co-exist in the societal expectations that saturate you?

You don’t need to just “get out of the box,” you need to completely and utterly obliterate it for all time (Tweet).

Most of us will end up getting buried in box but there is no good reason for living in one right now!
 
 
Get out of the box