I have always been an avid reader. I’ve always carried around two things, ever since I can remember and from what my family tells me, even before I can remember: at least one book and a notebook/journal. I also have an innate way of being able to connect people with like-minded people, whether it be for a project or potential friendship. I spot typos like you wouldn’t believe (a totally annoying “talent”) and I function best when I have the majority of my day to myself, in the quiet (or with music playing).
I am really good at providing counsel and propelling people to get s#!* done. I get insanely worked up about lack of diversity in marketing campaigns (hello to non-profit organizations who fail to acknowledge diversity in every dang thing that you do!) and social injustice. I get emotional about those who are stuck in the poverty cycle and especially those who were born in places where they are not honored or educated because of the color of their skin or their gender.
This, among a whole long list of other weird traits and personality quirks means that I am a freak. And the freaks SHALL inherit the earth!
I recently read the latest book by Chris Brogan, called The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth and I was hooked right off the bat. I’ve been getting really tired of the overkill of the latest buzz of media, manuals, self-help books and how-to websites out there to help people find their passion, discover their purpose in life and create the business they were meant to establish.
It’s all super insular and reminds me of a cavern. You get sucked into this advice and their voices and all of the things they say you should be doing and it just can be too much. You can’t remember how you got down into the cavern and the way out isn’t very obvious. I totally acknowledge that this chatter obviously works for loads of people, but it wasn’t clicking for me. I was finding myself really frustrated, overwhelmed and even saddened by the fact that it just didn’t FIT ME. I don’t really WANT to write a bunch of ebooks or link up with the big blogging networks for their advertising schemes. I don’t think it gelled with my style to start accepting gigs that don’t make me so excited that I holler “Hell yeah!” in response as opposed to a weak “I guess” because that’s what ‘they’ all said was the right business / marketing path.
Then I read this book (and yes, I read it three times because I wanted it to all really soak in). It was a big exhale, a subsequent breath of air and then a rush of relief.
Finally, FINALLY someone is paying homage to the fact that connections, community and collaboration REALLY matter in this big thing called life. When those things matter in life, they also matter in business. It matters that you find the people who you would serve, even if they can do absolutely nothing FOR YOU in return. It’s not all hype, fast talk and linking up. It’s Monchu.
(see below for the awesome description of Monchu)
My words won’t do his any justice, so I am simply going to share just a couple of my favorite pieces of the book. If I had purchased a hardcopy instead of a kindle version, it would be full of color due to all of the highlighting. Lucky for me, kindle makes it super awesome to do the very same thing while reading.
On Authenticity and Sharing YOU ||
On Community ||
I may be *this* close to scheduling those motorcycle license endorsement classes! Ride on!
On Fellow Freaks ||
On Quitting ||
On Success ||
On Time and Organization ||
Three cheers for this! I yell it from the rooftops with those who work with my Egads program.
But I love that this is reframing it, mastery not management. Can I borrow that new terminology, Chris?
On Expanding ||
On the naysayers and poop-slingers ||
On Life in General ||
If you’re still with me at the bottom of this review, it’s worth your time to also listen to a great interview of the author by Terry Brock:
Chris’ book is available on Amazon in hardcover and for your Kindle. If you read it, I would totally love to know what you think about it!
Which of the quotes / thoughts above are your favorites? Let’s chat in the comments.
(Interestingly enough, Amazon is saying I can loan my kindle book to ONE person for a period of 14 days … I’ll do a random draw next week from the comments so that one of you lucky readers can take advantage of the loan! Cool, huh? Or you may be an impatient freak like me and would rather just purchase your own copy. That’s ok too!)
I’m a #proudfreak