Are you f-ing crazy?

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Just arrived in New York City to go hear Seth Godin speak tomorrow. Pretty exciting.

The monetary cost to come see Seth speak was approximately $1,000 with $500 for the ticket and another $500 for airfare. Thanks to my friends Ann and Harrison at the East Village Bed & Coffee I have a free place to stay. (Peanuts, I say!)

For some reason, while I was on the plane flying up here from the Caribbean I kept thinking about purchasing the ticket a couple of weeks ago. After I made the purchase, in the days and weeks that followed, I mentioned my plan to numerous folks and pretty much received the same response from everyone.

Are you f-ing crazy?

But, when people would tell me I was crazy for spending the money, I really didn’t know what to say. How do you respond to that…? I certainly wasn’t going to justify my actions to them, so I just kind of half smile-nodded and walked away. In truth, I was almost a little happy that they reacted the way that they did. To me, they are the crazy ones.

And if you’re reading this and you agree with me, then I guess you are just as crazy as I am

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Mark Hayward


7 thoughts on “Are you f-ing crazy?

  1. Indeed Mark – we must be crazy. The connections you make and information you learn that can be applied to your business are easily worth more than that initial investment.

  2. Veggie Val – Anne & Harrison do an unreal job and I can’t recommend EVB&C enough for anyone looking for a clean, inexpensive place to stay in NYC.

    Ed – very true! He dropped some nuggets today. Writing up my notes now.

  3. Wow, this is awesome! I don’t think you’re crazy, I would happily pay $1,000 to see Seth talk live (although I doubt my wife would let me do it ;))

    How big was the audience — did you get a chance to talk to the man himself?

    Enjoy the trip!

  4. Jarkko – it was a limited ticket sales event, so there were only about 80-100 people. I did get to talk to him. It was 6 hours of the audience asking him questions and then he would answer, which would lead to more discussion. My pointed question was:

    “What do you do in the morning when you get up and you don’t feel like creating?”

    Seth said that he takes it as a challenge and it’s just (what he calls) the Lizard Brain trying to prevent him from creating and doing great work. He asked the audience, “Have you ever heard of anyone getting talker’s block?”

    Really, I already knew (and have lived) just about everything he touched on. My problem is/was I’ve been creatively stuck for a few years but the live event lit a fire under my ass.

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