Books and Me: Poke the Box

Book Title: Poke the box

Author: Seth GodinPoke the Box

It is now an open secret that I am a fan of Seth Godin. I read his works for more than the subject under consideration. They provide thought triggers, provocative ideas, inspiring questions and beyond all, provoke me to start doing what I ought to do, but distract myself from. So when I heard about a full book by Seth on provoking one to act, I picked it up instantaneously and devoured it in one sitting.

The book is really short but packed with questions, quotations, imperatives and ‘pokes’. The book makes a clear case to drop all excuses (including reading this book) and get started on our dream project. In typical Seth fashion he raises tough questions which make us stare at the truth head-on. Our responsibility is to give life to our dreams, imaginations and aspirations. The only way we can do justice to them, is to engage in action without falling prey to the inner resistance that distracts us and limits us from even starting.

If you act, results are inevitable. Irrespective of the nature of the results, it is in the spirit and attitude of initiating and sustaining action that makes a life fully lived. What can be more successful than a fully lived life? As it is neatly summarized in a quote from Siddhartha, “There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth: (a) not going all the way or (b) not starting.”

Read the book! Poke yourself! Kick-start your project! Overcome resistance! Enjoy and ship your creation!

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