Are You Willing to Ship?

If you want to make a difference this week, you have to be willing to "ship."

Year's ago, I was challenged with this concept by author Seth Godin. For leaders “shipping” is one of the most important steps in the process of influence. But beware ... shipping is risky business.

Godin writes, “Every time you raise your hand, send an email, launch a product or make a suggestion, you’re exposing yourself to criticism. Not just criticism, but the negative consequences that come with wasting money, annoying someone in power or making a fool of yourself. It’s no wonder we’re afraid to ship.”

You have great ability. Unfortunately, if you are like most, you are probably held back by fear. Why not shift your thinking this week and start shipping?

It will look different for everyone, but that is okay. Your art doesn’t have to be a page out of the renaissance, it just needs to be you.

What is the place where YOU need to ship? Is it to write, paint, compose, teach, encourage, speak, create, sculpt, or lead in business?

I suspect you have huge potential to make art in some area of your life. If you will commit to shipping a little every day this week, it will make a difference in someone else’s life.

Leadership Begins at Home,


Why do you think so many leaders are held back by fear?

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