The four and half months I spent with Seth Godin in 2009 changed my life. The experience shook me to the core and scared the crap out of me. It woke me up to how irrational fear (lizard brain) cripples my projects. It woke me up to the possibility that I can actually make a difference and commit to something great, something that matters.
It sounds lovely, but it's actually been frightening to realize my potential. It's hard to commit to making a difference. It's much easier being lost in a dream of myself as somone who would let Seth Godin down, as someone who has nothing remarkable to give. And despite how inspiring that time in New York was for me, I came home to Atlanta still lost in a sea of too many choices, except this time I was aware of the waves, the rudder and the captain at the helm.
When things got tough during the production of my band's new record, it was much easier to go do something else. And many times, I did. Over and over and over again.
Seth lays out his final takeaways from SAMBA in this blog. There he writes, "If you're stuck, getting unstuck is not only possible, it's an obligation."
My band released our record today at 3pm. We shipped. I consider this record launch getting "un-stuck". I also wrote a song about my experience following Seth's Alternative MBA (SAMBA) and include it on the record. Here, have a listen...
Thank you, Seth. And thank you to my friends from SAMBA, whose work over the years inspires me to keep going, to not give up and to take responsibility for steering the boat myself. Love y'all.