What's the point of popular?
You'd think that it's the most important thing in the world. Homecoming queen, student body president, the most Facebook friends, Oscar winner, how many people are waiting in line at the book signing...
Popular is almost never a measure of impact, or genius, or art. Popular rarely correlates with guts, hard work or a willingness to lead (and be willing to be wrong along the way).
I'll grant you that being popular (at least on one day in November) is a great way to get elected President. But in general, the search for popular is wildly overrated, because it corrupts our work, eats away at our art and makes it likely we'll compromise to please the anonymous masses.
Worth considering is the value of losing school elections and other popularity contests. Losing reminds you that the opinion of unaffiliated strangers is worthless. They don't know you, they're not interested in what you have to offer and you can discover that their rejection actually means nothing. It will empower you to even bigger things in the future...
When you focus on delighting an audience you care about, you strip the masses of their power.
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Seth Godin wrote something for me?
My husband sent me a link to Seth Godin's blog post for today and I thought he was making it up...Wait, marketing guru Seth Godin actually blogged about losing a school election? Wow. I'm posting the text of Seth's post below. Be warned: if you're not a regular reader of Mr. Godin, you should know that he's a pretty frank writer, doesn't pull punches and features an abundance of common sense that's not always what you might call "politically correct." Here's the post with it's lesson I'm taking to heart this week: