Management &Marketing &Work | 06 Nov 2013

What do Seth Godin and Lady Gaga have in common?

I’ve been reading a lot lately. Mostly, books on marketing and management. As well as articles on the same subjects from a variety of different sources. I love learning and absorbing new ideas and concepts. But what I love even more is the fact that during reading I come across my own ideas that have been expressed by others. It’s nice to have my thoughts validated by authors with clout and credibility.

It also proves that most ideas out there are not that original, and that ideas that are worth having occur to different people at almost the same time. Like television being invented by two people in different parts of the world in a span of a few years. Good ideas are worth repeating until they are spread and take root in the minds of the people, until they result in action.

So, what do Seth Godin and Lady Gaga have in common? Both of them are telling us that we don’t need permission.

If you’re stuck at the starting line, you don’t need more time or permission. You don’t need to wait for a boss’s okay or to be told to push the button; you just need to poke.

~ Seth Godin in Poke the Box


When I’m on a mission,
I rebuke my condition.
If you’re a strong female,
You don’t need permission.

~ Lady GaGa in Scheiße

Remember that old saying “It’s easier to ask For forgiveness than it is to get permission”? That’s exactly what they both are saying. The only difference between the two is that Seth Godin is sure you will be notified if there is a problem and Lady Gaga doesn’t really care if you forgive her or not.

Go ahead. Rock the boat. Poke the box. Start something you wanted to do for a long time, but were afraid to because you didn’t have a permission from your boss, your mom or even yourself.

I’ve already started a couple of things, and it’s only going to get better and bigger from here.

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