When the “bravest” thing you can do is to “abandon” ship

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

 
 
There is nothing more deadly to an entrepreneurial soul than being stuck in a really, really bad job.

Too often people stay in jobs, working for others, building careers, or living in environments that do nothing to foster their own creativity and dreams.

Why do they stay?

Perhaps they are in love with the money, or perhaps they are simply clinging to the security of what they know rather than stretching out into the void and testing how good they could be on their own.

If you are stuck in a job that is slowly tearing you into pieces then the riskiest thing you can do is… nothing.

Conversely, the bravest thing you can do, maybe to abandon ship as soon as possible — the longer you wait the less likely you are to leave.

Be bold, be brave, pursue your dreams.

 
 

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It is the “little things” my good amigo

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

 
 
What changes the world?

This is a critical question for anyone who strongly desires to make an impact.

Does any amount of money change the world? Do law changes or government programs actually change anything at all?

Perhaps none of these things on their own actually change anything at all…

Change happens one person at a time. True change begins when the human heart switches direction and moves towards love and kindness.

What are you moving people towards, what are you encouraging others to do on a daily basis with your actions and your words?

 
 

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Drinking from a filthy cup — Our terrible hospital experience

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

 
 
Recently our family had a terrible hospital experience, my wife was very sick and we were admitted to our local hospital.

The local hospital is in the process of rebranding, they have spent literally millions of dollars renovating the foyer of the hospital, the doors of elevators in the foyer (going into the hospital) are branded with the words… “quality care, personal attention, superb service and impressive outcomes”.

On first impression this was clearly the kind of place that you would want a loved one cared for.

Unfortunately, they had made the fatal mistake of only cleaning the outside of the cup, the inside of the cup, the place that really mattered was still very filthy indeed.

The ward we were in was physically dirty, it was understaffed, we were not cared for properly, worse still there was a complete lack of accountability amongst the staff and a dangerous culture of “constant blaming and shifting responsibility” that permeated through the walls of the entire hospital.

Interestingly enough, the elevators doors leaving the facility were not branded with “fancy words,” they were instead bland and dirty, smudged stainless steel, a much more accurate representation of where the brand actually sits in the minds of the only people who really matter — the patients and their loved ones.

For me this was a salient reminder that when it comes to branding, our messaging actually means very little, actions are what truly matters and these stem from our values — unless you first fix the culture, unless you first clean the inside of the cup, your brand will remain a stagnant, puerile, virtueless place that will yield only bad stories and unhappy experiences.

 
 

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This is a CRUEL joke – The hangover is worse than the punchline

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

 
 
A cruel joke is like a catchy subject heading, it moves you to action but nearly always leaves you with a defeated feeling in your gut.

Recently, when someone close to me was experiencing a reasonable amount of embarrassment, they asked me why I wasn’t making fun of them?

My answer was that I didn’t like seeing them suffer and that I didn’t find their suffering amusing.

As in life, people can be very cruel on social media, they can leverage the misfortune of others to gain attention for their brand. The end seems to justify the means, if people laugh the joke must have been funny right?

But what happens after the laughter fades away — how are people feeling?

Cruel jokes have pretty bad hangovers (tweet), sure you might get some attention but your brand will be tainted with defeat and mistrust – don’t do it.
 
 

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YOU matter because you are YOU

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

 
 
YOU.

You MATTER.

You matter because you are HUMAN.

You matter because you are human, because you are made of FLESH and BLOOD.

You matter because you are human, because you are made of flesh and blood and NOT because of any work you do or success that you have.

You matter because you are human, because you are made of flesh and NOT because of any work you do or success that you have; no failure, no screw up, no crime can ever discount you.

You matter because you are human, because you are made of flesh and blood and NOT because of any work you do or success that you have, no failure, no screw up, no crime can ever discount you… you matter because you are YOU (Tweet).
 
 

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A NOT-SO-PRIVATE letter to my son

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

 
 
Dear Son,

Today, I write this blog post specifically to you.

I write to you because I spend so much time writing about so much other stuff on this blog, but when it all comes down to nothing — nothing else matters like the love I have for you.

You may not know it but YOU are the measuring stick of my life my little friend. For I could gain the whole world, but if I lost your respect and your affection in doing so, the world that I gained would in fact be utterly useless.

While my work is important, it is not an end to itself, for wealth without affection would only transform me into a pig wearing diamonds.

I am reminded that nothing else other than the relationships we have with those we love truly matters (Tweet).

You are one of my closest friends, thank you for helping me want to be a better man.

Love
Dad
 
 

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Your son maybe your greatest teacher

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

 
 
Who is your teacher?

We often think about “influence” as a top down ideal… we look for mentors who are further on, people who have experienced the kind of life we wish to have.

Life of course is far from linear… we don’t simply grow, we also regress and decay.

This is why we can learn so much from children, this is why our nearly 3-year-old son is truly my primary mentor.

He is far ahead of me in terms of vulnerability, honesty, openheartedness towards strangers and that beautiful childlike quality called Joy.

Of all the people in my life no one teaches me more than my little son (Tweet).

More than anything though, my young son reminds me that I can learn from anyone at anytime regardless of their social stature… I don’t need a college degree, I simply need to be open.

 
 

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