If you’ve got something to say, say it

In a previous post, I talked about audio learning and the benefits of learning on the go. The evolution of this for me has been audiobooks. My good friend Aaron Davis wrote a great post on audiobooks (click here for the post) recently which prompted me to see what amazing books have been committed to audio. Seth Godin’s book “Linchpin” was the first cab off the rank for me. If you aren’t aware of Seth’s work, please check out his work here. I am a particular fan of his free education manifesto “Stop stealing dreams: what is school for?” Seth is an amazing thinker and I always feel challenged and inspired when I read his work or listen to him talk. I am currently about half through the 8 hours of audio (thank you long drives to work) and I wanted to jot some thoughts about Seth’s provocations and statements.

The first thought was really sparked by a conversation with a colleague who I rate as an amazing educator and friend. We were talking about blogging as a way of consolidating professional thoughts and documenting stories and insights. This colleague has amazing insight and perspective on education, especially on the use of technology to transform learning but he felt that he didn’t think he had anything to say in his blog. The funny thing was that we were having one of our usual in depth discussions about pedagogy. The comment stuck with me and really got me thinking about the ‘why’ of this statement. Was this reservation about what to say or what others would say about what you said? In Seth’s book, he highlights a David Mamet quote at the end of a chapter which I thought was so pertinent to the conversation that my colleague and I previously had.

“You are not one of the myriad of interchangeable pieces, but a unique human being, and if you’ve got something to say, say it, and think well of yourself while you’re learning to say it better.”

David Mamet 

I fall into the same category, tending to over brew my posts and trying to get my thinking as polished as can be. What Seth recommends is that we should write to capture a point in time and that this process of writing and connecting helps to grow our perspective and learning. My friend Nick Jackson (@largerama) talks about the greatest learning in a post coming from the comments and he is right on the money. The post sparks the conversation and the back and forth helps the learning to grow.

Seth has inspired a few ideas for posts and I plan to do as I have done here.  Think, write, post all in the one sitting.  I do have something to say and I will get better at saying it…

Thanks for reading

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