Amazon had a little contest going on.
I decided to enter.
I knew there would be a lot of entries. Not sure how many there were. But, nothing ventured, nothing gained. It took less than 10 minutes total out of my life (this post a bit longer :)).
I had to come up with a 140 character (or less) summary on “taking the initiative” (Poke The Box). I entered because I believed I might actually win. I entered because I knew that I wouldn’t if I didn’t make an attempt. I was one of seven 2nd Place Winners. There were five 1st Place Winners.
A for what it’s worth, Sidenote: About a year ago I decided (again) that I would hit 10 free throws in a row. It seemed that the 10th one (or 9th, 8th, etc.) eluded me. Why was it so important to me? I don’t know. Perhaps it was because I had never done it before but had tried many times. Well, on this day, I decided enough was enough. I won’t dramatize it. It took me about an hour and a half to hit ten in a row. I stopped after hitting twenty-two in a row. I could have hit more, but quit. The door had been opened to me. I could enter it whenever I wanted. I didn’t need to go on. As it turns out, deciding enough is enough, just may be enough.
Back to the main post 🙂 Seth Godin, Amazon and Me
The reason I made a post about this isn’t to brag. I want you to believe.
I want you to try.
I want you to try even if you don’t believe.
I understand many things in life are more difficult than writing a summary or hitting 10 darned free throws in a row.
But, that isn’t really holding you back is it?
By the way, this is the summary I wrote (it belongs to Amazon now :)).
“We got rid of the shovel and pick axe.
We are now using dynamite.
The granite won’t hold much longer.
Realized dreams, just ahead.”
You’re worth a try. In fact, you’re worth endless tries.
Remember, you are the only you, you have.
Live it not in some small way.
Live it not chocked full of regrets.
But, Live it LOUD!
P.S. What was my prize? A copy of Poke The Box, autographed by Seth Godin himself.