Liz Weston on why I love Seth (sometimes)

Sometimes I really disagree with Seth Godin. Which I know he won’t mind, because he wants people to have opinions. And then other times I feel like I’m back in church again, as  a teenager, wondering if the sermon was being delivered just for my benefit. It’s late, I’m about to go to bed, but here’s the message from Seth, that’s just arrived in my inbox:

All artists are self-taught
Techniques and skill and even a point of view are often handed down, formally or not. It’s easier to get started if you’re taught, of course. But art, the new, the ability to connect the dots and to make an impact–sooner or later, that can only come from one who creates, not from a teacher and not from a book.”

Yes, this is the join the dots and make the boxes game from when we were little ;)

I recently met someone who asked me how I knew what I did, on what basis I was making my opinions about things and how I was keeping ahead of the curve. I was honest – it’s all self taught / researched / watched / listened to. I haven’t had someone sit me down and tell me how things are in the world. I’ve worked it out and am continuing to do so, for myself. But I always add a disclaimer that “I don’t like people to know that, as I don’t want them to think less of me, or that I’m not smart”. The truth is, surely I’m getting smarter every day, because I’m not just listening to others – I’m making my ow mind up, connecting dots from all sorts of different arenas and seeing where they can take me, our clients and the markets we work in.
So when that blog post came in, I figured it was time to put myself out there. According to Seth Godin – I’m an Artist! And I’m putting the dots together, using my experience, knowledge, intuition, enquiring mind and enthusiasm for life, business and everything that goes with it. At this rate, I’ll soon be telling people about it up front, rather than hiding behind it!
Are you an Artist? How do you learn? What do you think is important when looking for people to work with – someone who works things out, or takes things that are just delivered to them as being gospel?
  • AnnHawkins

    Have you ever thought how the people who wrote the text books learned what they aspire to teach other people? The Stella Artois brewery was started in 1366 and I bet the people who started it didn’t have an MBA or a marketing degree. 
    Whether you are self taught or taught by others doesn’t matter one iota. What matters is what you do with your talent, knowledge and expertise. I know you’re fond of quotes so here’s one that is appropriate to this: “In times of change, learners will inherit the earth while the learned will find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” — Eric Hoffer