Monday, April 25, 2011

Book Review- Poke the Box

This morning I finished "Poke the Box" by Seth Godin.  I actually got the book for free on my Kindle because I'm part of Godin's Domino Project.  (I would really encourage you to join the project so that you can get amazing content from Seth and other authors).
The book really challenges people to get out and start stuff.  To initiate.  To stop waiting for permission and just do it!  If you have any good, great, or potentially bad ideas, read this, because it will give you the confidence and guts to go for it.  Even if you fail!!
I was quite encouraged because our venture to start the Ubuntu Football Academy feels like a 'poke the box' moment.  Our success isn't guaranteed.  Nobody has agreed to sponsor us for millions of dollars for the next 20 years.  The players could all up and quit.  But we decided to not allow the questions & "what ifs" to stop us from persuing it.  We actually believed that we had to get started with what was in our hand (think Moses and his staff in Exodus or the boy with his loaves & fish in the Gospels) and that God would start moving.  Over time, the resources we need, and the boys' success would follow.
I'm really proud of us for starting.  But it doesn't stop now.  Each meeting we go to is a poking moment.  Each person we ask to sponsor us is a chance to poke.  Each new way we try to reach the boys is another chance to fail, but we must try.
What's the great idea you've been sitting on?  Who are you waiting on to give you permission?  Here it is, GO, START, TRY!  And if you need some more, read "Poke the Box."  It's short (less than 100 pages), easy to read, and inspiring.
Overall grade: A


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