Seth Godin on why to abandon the excuse-driven life."If you relentlessly work to avoid opportunities to use your ability to blame, you may never actually need to blame anyone."
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Seth Godin shares that decades ago, when he used to sell by phone, he often found himself telling himself why he was unable to close that particular sale—while the phone was still ringing. He warns against our subconscious tendency to look around for excuse, deniability and someone to blame. "People who have a built-in all-purpose excuse (middle child syndrome, wrong astrology sign, some slight at the hands of the system long ago) often end up failing—they have an excuse ready to go."
What's the Big Idea?
Here's Godin's alternative to the excuse-driven life, one where you relentlessly avoid looking for excuses at all: "Instead of seeking excuses, the successful project is filled with people who are obsessed with avoiding excuses. If you relentlessly work to avoid opportunities to use your ability to blame, you may never actually need to blame anyone. If you're not pulled over by the cop, no need to blame the speedometer, right?"
The Russian-built FEDOR was launched on a mission to help ISS astronauts.
Most people think human extinction would be bad. These people aren't philosophers.
- A new opinion piece in The New York Times argues that humanity is so horrible to other forms of life that our extinction wouldn't be all that bad, morally speaking.
- The author, Dr. Todd May, is a philosopher who is known for advising the writers of The Good Place.
- The idea of human extinction is a big one, with lots of disagreement on its moral value.
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- "Prior to nervous systems: no mind, no consciousness, no intention in the full sense of the term. After nervous systems, gradually we ascend to this possibility of having to this possibility of having minds, having consciousness, and having reasoning that allows us to arrive at some of these very interesting decisions."
- "We are fragile culturally and socially…but life is fragile to begin with. All that it takes is a little bit of bad luck in the management of those supports, and you're cooked…you can actually be cooked—with global warming!"