29 January 2010 5 comments

There is a map. With monsters.

29 January 2010 · 5 comments

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Says Seth Godin in his new book, Linchpin, “There is no map”:

Here’s the truth you have to wrestle with: the reason that art (writing, engaging, leading, all of it) is valuable is precisely why I can’t tell you how to do it. If there were a map, there’d be no art, because art is the act of navigating without a map.

I disagree. Art isn’t navigating without a map. That would suggest that art is serendipitous, a product of accident.

But art has intention. “Art” is about navigating a map in a new way. Your way.

We need maps. Maps give us context. They show us the options, and the obstacles (“Here there be monsters…”). They help us find where we are. They help us understand what lies between where we are and where we’re going.

But there’s no shortage of maps out there. Indeed, Linchpin is a map. What it isn’t is a route.

Godin doesn’t want to tell us how to navigate his map. That’s fair. When we’re talking about maps of life, or maps of success, or maps of change, you can’t follow someone else’s path.

You have to draw your own.

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  • TOTALLY agree. In fact am out scouting for like thoughts for my own blog tomorrow.

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  • Why the inclusion of monsters?

  • Sorry it took me so long to reply, Ari–somehow your comment got lost in Disqus somewhere. I include monsters because every map has its share of hidden dangers. Before the world was completely known, unchartered territories would often be marked with “Here there be monsters [or dragons, or lions].” We have to explore those uncharted areas for ourselves to determine what is or isn’t real, but that exploration always carries some degree of risk.

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