Pick Yourself

“People get good gigs because they stand up. You don’t get picked. Reject the tyranny of picked. Pick yourself.” – Seth Godin

All of us are surrounded by people who don’t want to bet on themselves and are just waiting around until they get picked. These are people who generally say things like,

“If I was just picked by HarperCollins to publish one of my books, I would be successful. I sent them my stuff two months ago and I still haven’t heard anything back yet.”

Understandably, this mindset makes sense because for a large part of history, you had to be picked in order to be successful.

If you wanted to be an actor, you had to be picked by a director.

If you wanted to be an author, you had to be picked by a publisher.

If you wanted to be a musician, you had to be picked by a big record label.

By getting picked, it put us in situations for our work to be seen. But today is entirely different. All at once, all of these gate keepers lost their power. Today, you don’t need anyone to pick you in order for you to be noticed because you can just pick yourself.

If you want to be a music artist, make an album and sell it on iTunes. Start a YouTube channel. Build an audience on SoundCloud.

If you want to move up the corporate ladder, then solve a problem. Create opportunities. Lead.

If you want to write, then write. Build a blog on WordPress. Self publish on Amazon. Contribute to big publications.

For all these situations, the only thing you have to do is pick yourself. But the reason people will continue to not want to pick themselves is because most people want the security of someone else picking them.

We don’t pick ourselves simply because it doesn’t feel safe.

However, if you had the time to be rejected by 100 different publications you wanted to pick you, then you also had the time to build your own publication.  Once you realize that no one is going to pick you, then you can focus on what really matters, which is picking yourself and getting to work.

Advertisements

31 thoughts on “Pick Yourself

  1. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! True, today, there are so many platforms available that you don’t have to wait to get picked. You can pick up yourself and create your own brand. The only hurdle is that people don’t fully grasp the idea of self-reliance and independence. It needs strong will power and persistence to start from scratch and make it huge. Motivational article! Keep writing and don’t forget to smile!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. you have to be willing to buck the trends and do and pursue the things that bring you pleasure and satisfaction to be successful as well as happy. Lots of people compromise to make money and that’s okay too if they still do things that are soul satisfying. I was thinking of the artist who painted the paintings hanging in McDonalds, he made millions but I don’t think they are his most satisfying work.. He compromised and succeeded anyway.. go figure! lol

    Liked by 2 people

  3. GRRREEAT Post. Love it
    If you had the time to be rejected by 100 different publications you wanted to pick you, then you also had the time to build your own publication.

    Once you realize that no one is going to pick you, then you can focus on what really matters, which is picking yourself and getting to work.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Exactly, sadly, people in the 1960s didn’t have the luxury to pick themselves, they had to be picked in order to be successful, but today it’s different. We have so many channels and mediums to build a brand and so we all have the power to end up where we want to end up. It’s important we make that decision though:)

      Liked by 1 person

    1. self publishing will be around for a long time, which is great because now anyone with internet access can make a name for themselves. All they have to do is have the courage to pick themselves:) No worries about reading it late, I’m glad you liked it:)

      Liked by 1 person

  4. I’ve heard this word “PICKED” many times in my life but I have strived harder to prove them that I can pick myself. Thanks for this beautiful article.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s