I just finished reading Seth Godin’s Poke the Box, the first title released through The Domino Project, founded by Seth Godin and powered by Amazon.com to try to change the way books are published and spread.
The premise of this book is that it’s not enough to stick with the status quo or even have great ideas; you have to be willing to “poke the box” and actually start stuff.
I’ve always been an initiator (proven by the number of failed business ideas I’ve had over the past 10 years!), and Seth really defines the value of this kind of initiative and why it’s important for today’s market. Poking the box isn’t just for entrepreneurs or work-at-home moms, though; it’s a valuable principle for the corporate world as well.
This quote is one of my favorites:
I’m not encouraging you to be bold and right. I’m not encouraging you to figure out how to always initiate a smart and proven and profitable idea. I’m merely encouraging you to start. Often. Forever. Be the one who starts things.
So today I want to know…
When was the last time you poked the box?
What initiatives have you started or shaken up (in your home, in your social groups, in your business)?
Do you find this idea of starting things scary or invigorating?
What keeps you from being an initiator?
Looking forward to reading your answers!