I was especially drawn to this post by Ryan Hanley
because I identified with him and also had a similiar experience while being away this weekend.
(I seem to be having a problem with hyperlinks today, please excuse that - I didn't want to let that stop me from sharing this article with you because I know many of you are having similiar feelings and may possibly benefit from the books he read or his revelations)
"Heaven on earth. No phone calls… No voicemails… No emails… No Facebook updates… No comments to reply to…Nothing. I literally felt my body and mind unwind. I felt it. The Noise"
"At a certain point even the good intention of consuming the content of thought-leaders just becomes noise".
"Now we should be focusing on which social network?"
"What’s that new SEO technique?"
"It’s important content that very talented people spent good time creating…
…but stuffed together, it’s noise"
While being unplugged, Ryan read two books, Poke the Box by Seth Godin and The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. I'm going to share some of his takeaways:
"Poke the Box" by Seth Godin
*Human nature is to need a map. If you’re brave enough to draw one, people will follow.”
"I define anxiety as experiencing failure in advance…and if you have anxiety about initiating a project, then of course you will associate risk with failure"
“If you have quality and they have quality and that’s all either of you offers, then you’re selling a commodity, and I’ll take cheap, please.”
The War of Art by Steve Pressfield:
"Resistance is what whispers in our ear that no one cares about our blog"
"Resistance is the fear that lives inside us all helping us to NOT become what we were meant to be".
Ryan's revelation and I absolutely agree with him:
"The best part of being unplugged is having an open mind"
Jan Gordon - My commentary:
When you're unplugged, you're able to focus, read good books like these, be receptive, really hear what people are saying. Timing is everything, when you're able to absorb a new idea, a thought, "when the pupil is ready the teacher appears" unplugging lets you hear your own noises, get back to yourself, something that pops out at you in this moment may even be a life changing experience. I have more to say about this in the near future.......
Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Curation and Social Busines"