“I’m not that smart.” Someone said that to me the other day and it was heartbreaking.**
While finite games are externally defined, infinite games are internally defined.^
Please respect others,
Deeply respect the world,
But don’t forget to respect yourself.
Here’s why a lack of self-respect is heartbreaking for Seth Godin:
The correct thing to say is, “I don’t care that much.” I don’t care enough to do the reading, to fail along the way, to show up, to make a promise, to learn as I go, to confront failure, to get better at the work. All of that might be true. But you’re almost certainly smart enough.*
Self-respect doesn’t mean easy;
It does mean putting ourselves on the hook.
*Soundtrack: Staple SIngers’ Respect Yourself;
**Seth Godin’t Blog: “I’m not that smart”;
**James Carse’s Finite and Infinite Games.