I am NOT a number so don’t put me on your list

Written By Geoff Talbot – Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog as part of an email discussion with a very talented member of our community and artist Steve Puttrich

 
I think I’ve become naturally more direct and relationship-focussed since fatherhood.

For me now, everything is about relationships and engagement. It has to be, if it is not we should all quit and throw out every piece of technology that we use or own (Tweet).

The social space in many sectors is very sick, it has been over-run with an epidemic of anxiety driven, ego-centric list builders. “The money is in the list”, the infected cry out, as they plead with the multitudes in cyberspace to sign up and join them on their own self-focussed journey.

Why would I or you be interested in a relationship where one person does all the talking?

Why would you or I be interested in simply being a number on a list, demeaningly reduced to a follower, a like, a connection or most duplicity, “a friend?”
 

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When it is raining boredom in California

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

I want you to think about the most boring seminar or lecture that you have ever been forced to sit through. This is a painful, but where were you and what made it so infuriatingly boring?

Was it the actual material (the content) or was it the presentation of the material that failed to capture your attention?

When I’m bored, 99% of the time, it’s not the material that is boring, it’s the presenter; there’s simple nothing remarkable, innovative or creative about the manner in which the content is being communicated (packaged).

In my opinion most people spend far too much time choosing their content (what should I blog about, speak about, tweet about) and far too little time imagining how they may package it in a remarkable way.

If you cannot capture my attention, it really doesn’t matter how good your content is, because I’m not listening, in fact I am… zzzzzzz.

Packaging is the secret to being relevant, and if you are not relevant then you have nothing. (Tweet)

 

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Let Me Introduce You To My Friend…

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

 
Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce you to my friend, he is a devilishly kind man, with a great smile and a cold heart.

His name is Mr. Procrastinator and his life’s calling is to keep you and me safe and uninjured. He is a terrific fellow, he never shouts, cajoles or pushes me in any way that leaves me feeling uncomfortable, I adore the company of Mr. Procrastinator, he is so easy to be around!

He is also very realistic and he provides me with the balance and perspective that I need to stay on the Main Highway Of Life.

Without Mr. Procrastinator life would be terrifying and scary, I could see myself going down a side road, exploring a pretty dangerous new territory, there would be a good chance that I might get lost or fall down some dark ravine; without Mr Procrastinator I would never find my way back to the Main Highway again.

Mr. Procrastinator protects me from the constant terror of Mr.Dreamweaver who still comes to torment me at night; when I weak, tired and looking for something more.

If that crazy Mr. Dreamweaver had his way I would abandon every notion of safety and comfort and I would leave the safe Main Highway forever, never to return, if Mr Dreamweaver had his way, I would be wounded, broken, scarred, loved, hated and alive.
 
 
P.S: Please email this blog post (button below) to 3 friends who are thinking of dreaming big, they desperately need the love and support of Mr.Procrastinator.
 
 

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The rage in me

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

 
Stop.

Listen closely.

What do you hear?

Sometimes when I stop, I hear more than my heart beat, I hear an irreverent, holy kind of rage swirling around inside of me; it’s the kind of rage that shouldn’t be ignored.

It’s the kind of rage that has enough power to drive the artistic expression in my life forward.

What is this rage?

It is a rage that hates injustice, it hates confinement, judgment, suppression, poverty and inequality… it is the kind of rage that must be unharnessed and set free.

 

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The best bugs are underneath big rocks

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

In the weekend I took my 3-year-old son on a bug hunt, armed with two small sticks we set off on a mission to find the biggest and best bugs in our neighborhood.

But where do you find really great bugs in a suburban neighborhood, that was the question?

Well, you don’t find them walking down the main street, you don’t find them on the sidewalks (thank God) and you typically don’t find them on a freshly cut lawn (not in one piece).

Actually, we found the best, most interesting, and the biggest bugs underneath rocks and logs, especially when these rocks or logs were close to a water supply.

Great ideas are like bugs, the best ones are nearly always underneath something heavy and old, something that has been sitting around for a while, something that is close enough to your passions and values (the water) to thrive.

If you are looking for a uniquely remarkable way to express yourself online, you most likely won’t find anything of value in the middle of a heavily trafficked area (copying others), there are two places that you should look,

  1. Turn over your old ideas that have been around forever and see what is underneath them.
  2. Journey into the deep, dark woods on the outskirts of town, to where other souls fear to tread, to the land of “crazy ideas,” where the irreverence and foolishness reign.

 

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Help! I am stuck inside a Jane Austin Novel!

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

 
 
If you want more than you currently have, then you are going to have to STOP following the rules.

You know, those lies (rules) that have been spoken over you since you were a very young child…

You were taught from a young age to be ordinary, to fit in, to not embarrass your parents and to remain quiet in sombre social settings, blah, blah, blah…

In so many ways you’ve become a finely tuned domesticated human being, safely kept inside a cage made of bars forged from reason and propriety; you’re stuck in a Jane Austin novel, you just don’t realize it yet.

To be truly remarkable (both online and offline) you must be prepared to slip through the bars and leave your cage forever (Tweet).

Leaving the cage looks different for every person, for some it is gentle process that takes a lot of time, for others it involves a violent almost angry twisting of the bars… be warned, the end goal of leaving your unremarkable cage is never anarchy, it is to experience a life of freedom, for both yourself and others.

Do you want more, are you ready to leave behind that safe insipid cage that is slowly destroying your soul?

 

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The Friday Night Nudge to Keep You Going Strong.

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

 
 
Today’s Friday Night Nudge on The Seven Sentence Blog is for anyone out there who is feeling compelled to make something happen.

Let’s start by agreeing that the future does in fact belong to dreamers like you; brave, lucid, crazy souls, who refuse to lie down in the face of futility.

You are amazing, never ever stop believing in the dreams that have been placed in your heart.

Every great thing that has ever been made, created, inspired or written first begun in the mind of one person (Tweet), the question is why can’t that one person be you?

Perhaps, you’ve spent your week shrouded in disbelief, perhaps your’ve doubted yourself, failed a lot, or have endured criticism and mockery at the hands of others.

If you are hurting right now, understand that such pain is temporary, and the path you are walking right now has also been walked by many other brave dreamers, you are not alone.

Water the seed of your dreams this weekend, take care of the soil (yourself) and every day watch as your dream begins to take shape and grow.

 
 

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