So, this afternoon I spent a couple hours at the library
During my time here I read Seth Godin’s book Poke the Box and had time to write some thoughts as a read.
This was a book he did for a group called the Domino Project. He worked with a few different authors to write books on specific subjects and then delivered their content though amazon and some printed on paper.
I was excited when I found the library had a copy, so I sat down and read the whole book. It is only 83 pages, so it did not take long.
In short, Poke the Box was about doing work, developing ideas, and getting projects shipped.
Here are a few quotes that stood out to me as I read the book.
“Soon is not as good as now.”
“if your project doesn’t have movement, then compared to the rest of the word you are actually moving backward.”
” art is hard. Selling is hard. Writing is hard. Making a difference is hard.”
” If you don’t get picked. It’s their fault, not yours.”
” The boundary is in your head , not the system.”
” The alternative to planning on late is to initiate before its required. Ship before the deadline. Put ideas out before crisis hits.”
I loved this book. It was challenging, easy to read, but all of the content was meaningful. It was a book without fluff. It was like reading a TED talk in book form. Content that is meaningful at the time, but that becomes more meaningful as you digest and apply the ideas.
It is a manifesto about hard work, sparks of creative life, and the drive to ship new things. It was exactly what I needed to kick off a new year. Even as I type this post, my head is spinning with ideas and thoughts.
I love Godin’s work. I read his blog almost daily. This book was just as good as anything he has written. It was fun, honest, and compelling. If you want a book to help set you back on the creative path, then read Poke the Box.
Then , go make something.