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The Friday Grab Bag: Three others’ posts to read (May 15th)

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Three posts that made me think and act this week.

1. Seth Godin on why friction helps

I’ve been mulling over the value of friction for a while, and as usual Seth has come in and summed things up in the way I would have eventually got to. Eventually.

I’ve noticed that I’m trying to build in friction or resistance as a way of improving my life. I know that sounds contradictory, but here’s what I mean. If something’s easy, I’ll do it. Even if it’s not that great for me in the long run (or short run for that moment). So I don’t have a BlackBerry, because I want it to be difficult for me to check my emails obsessively. And I don’t use a cell phone (much), because I don’t want to be fully accessible to the world. And occasionally I go and work in the beautiful members lounge of the AGO, because there’s no wireless which means I have to go and create, not surf. And I don’t have chocolate in the house (except when I do). And so on.

Here’s Seth’s riff on this.

2. Kevin Kelly on what’s better than free

You know, Kevin Kelly’s blog posts are just fantastic. They’re rich, dense and deeply thoughtful. I could easily have just posted about ten of his best posts here, but I’ve picked this one. In a world where free is coming to be expected and is no longer special, you have to figure out what might make you or what you offer the world extraordinary.

I’m wrestling with this – I give away quite a lot for free, and realise that I may be devalueing what I do have. So this article‘s really got me thinking.

3. Tim Longhurst on the TED commandments

Anyone following my writing will know how enamoured I am of the TED series – in fact, my own Great Work Interviews are inspired in part by TED. This is a great little piece about why the TED talks are so wonderful. And they should be required reading for anyone speaking at any time.

4 Responses to The Friday Grab Bag: Three others’ posts to read (May 15th)

  • Nancy

    What’s Better than Free – I have bought a couple of books that were mentioned on your site. I would not have bought them otherwise. So you should get paid for that! The Simplicity Survival Handbook – awesome.

  • Gina Cajucom

    I finally got around to ordering your “Find Your Great Work” book…great deal considering all the freebies I’ve been getting from you for the past almost 2 years (LOL).

    More power!

  • Eduard

    Great article: inspiring. provoking thinking,
    If you give away „for free“you still get a lot for it. No money, right, but you might get
    – attention
    – reaction as a feedback
    – appreciation, recognition
    – feeling you are helpful
    – if nothing from above, it is still useful feedback

    On my side I have to give a lot. No money, right but I give
    – my time
    – my energy- might be an investment (I have more after reading than before)

    Article of Kevin is probably inspired by internet but also generally commodities are cheap and added value products are expensive. So it is not product which makes price, but added value of it. And then, there is no price limit.

    Each of us plays two roles in life.
    When I buy I want to spend less- seek for availability and cheap, support competition which leads to reduction of price, commoditization.

    To be able to have freedom of choice I have to have money to spend. Unless I won a lottery I have to sell something to earn for living.
    As a seller I want to charge more and therefore look for added value of my product/service: uniqueness, differentiation, long term advantage,

    What is better strategy for you: to focus on buying or selling?

    PS: Michal, keep giving, we love it!

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