The Tension is Good | Catalyst 2010

Catalyst this year was phenomenal. Great creativity, amazing speakers, great music, and spaces to connect and interact with friends and strangers. I was fortunate enough to have the ability to go and even meet some of the team that spend all year preparing for the event.

The theme this year was The Tension is Good. I can’t tell you the sigh of relief that you could hear in the crowd when the host explained this concept. The concept of we all have a place we are heading, and yet, we aren’t there yet. We have a lot of work to do. For some of us, a lot of work.

I was blown away by Seth Godin’s talk, I am sure you are not surprised, which was a combination of his new book Graceful, Linchpin, Purple Cow, and Tribes all in one. I really liked hearing Daniel Pink rehashing a lot of his book Drive. He is such a good writer, and that book will change the way you think about the world.

I am sitting is Starbucks writing this, and I can’t help but think of my all time favorite quote (on my about page) by Goethe. The quote is simple but much harder to actually live out…

“Whatever you can do or dream, you can begin it now. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”

The challenge here isn’t coming up with an idea, it isn’t finding the right people to surround yourself with, it isn’t finding the funding or capital needed, it isn’t finding and identifying your target market. It is just getting started right now. “Begin it now”.

For some folks with all the resources in the world and all the confidence that one could ever need, this might not be an issue. For the rest of us, we need to constantly remind ourselves of the fact that we can do it. It really comes down to believing in yourself enough to get started… You don’t have to finish right now, but you have to get started.

Do it. Start. Today. Now.

NOTE: I realize that there are lots of things that can keep us from getting started and I really only mentioned one or two. (maybe that deserves a full post in itself)

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