In both books Godin repeatedly challenges the reader to get started, to make things and to keep getting better at making them. I've been encouraged by the results as I try to put it into practice. I share the ideas with teachers in the district where I work and I try to incorporate it into the lessons and presentations when I get a chance to teach or speak in the classroom.
I was thinking today of a Lifelong Learner Challenge based on some of the principles of the books. I'd like to do this as a personal goal and to encourage (or require!) my students to do it is well.
The Lifelong Learner ChallengeEach week I will make at least one thing that is:
- New - It must be new to me and to the world--original.
- Good - It must be measured against a realistic, high standard. (For students, this includes appropriate content standards.)
- Personal - Those who know me can see me--my style, unique preferences or personal experiences--in the work in some way.
- Helpful - It must be presented or published in some way so others can find it and benefit from it.
This challenge is currently a draft. Once I am happy with it and practicing it I will put it on my Passion and Vision page.
If you do something similar or have suggestions I would love to hear them.
My list is inspired from Seth Godin's very challenging list in The Icarus Deception:
Six Daily Habits for Artists
- Sit alone; sit quietly.
- Learn something new without any apparent practical benefit.
- Ask individuals for bold feedback; ignore what you hear from the crowd.
- Spend time encouraging other artists.
- Teach, with the intent of making change.
- Ship something that you created.