"I simply ask people to write in my journal. What they write is up to them.". David, a copywriter from Salt Lake City walks up to strangers, gives them his moleskin notebook ("I only use moleskin notebooks"), and asks them to write about whatever they want. Quite a few of them do.
"There are so many people out there with such diverse backgrounds and perspectives...it’s absolutely fascinating to me. Have you ever looked at a person and thought, “I wonder what their story is? How did they get to where they are? What are their dreams?” I do. All the time...This is my chance to get to know some of them, even if it’s just a glimpse, and share their stories that would otherwise go untold."
Believe it or not The Cluetrain Manifesto is almost ten years old. But it's simple messages about markets as conversations seem more relevant than ever. Micheal Specht has repurposed the book in the form of a simple presentation which gives us an easy reminder of these prescient messages. Good stuff.
I am reminded by Giles' post that there are two kinds of people in work - those who will do the job and those who want to make the job better. I don't think this distinction has ever been more important but sadly, there are too few of the latter around. And it makes a difference - surrounding yourself with free-thinkers frees up your own thinking. And if you limit your thinking, it's a form of self-sabotage.
In the end, it's all about choice. Its so easy to forget that our lives are governed by the choices we make. I forget it all the time. But to paraphrase John Grant, the choice is ultimately between stagnation - going round and round and becoming a smaller a version of yourself - and generativity: starting, creating, exploring...