Monday, January 25, 2010

Seth Godin Blog Post of January 18, 2010 - Unrealized Projects

If you don't know who Seth Godin is and you are interested in business and marketing then you should.  He is the author of probably the most popular marketing blog in the world and is the author of 12 bestselling marketing books that have been translated into 33 languages.  He is a marketing genius, very entertaining, and his insight and advice really makes you  think. It's good advice to follow.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post called "Fear and Photography" and in it I mentioned that Fear was one reason by we don't complete projects that we sometimes have in mind. When I say "We" I mean myself and other photographers as a whole and other than myself no one specific. When I received this email the other day I started thinking that Seth Godin really hit the nail on the head with this post on why we need to put fear aside and as he says "ship".

Here is the Seth Godin post of January 18, 2010, Unrealized Projects in its entirety:
When I was at MOMA last week, I saw a list of director and artist Tim Burton's projects. Here's the guy who's responsible for some of the most breathtaking movies of his generation, and the real surprise is this: almost every year over the last thirty, he worked on one or more exciting projects that were never green lighted and produced. Every year, he spent an enormous amount of time on failed projects.
A few: Catwoman, Conversations With Vincent, Dinosaurs Attack!, The Fall of the House of Usher, Geek Love, Go Baby Go, Hawkline Monster, Lost in Oz, Mai the Psychic Girl, Mary Reilly, Superman Lives, X: The Man With X-Ray Eyes.
One key element of a successful artist: ship. Get it out the door. Make things happen.
The other: fail. Fail often. Dream big and don't make it. Not every time, anyway.
Tim got his ideas out the door, to the people who decided what to do with them. And more often than not, they shot down his ideas. That's okay. He shipped.

I would suggest that if you are not already a subscriber to his daily blog posting emails that you should go and sign up for them right now.  On the upper left hand side of his blog is the box where you put your email address so can subscribe. It will be we'll worth you time to read them daily.

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Blog post written and posted by Seth Godin on January 18, 2010

Reposted on this blog by Al Milligan, Al Milligan Photography

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