What I Want My Kids to Know About Having Something to Say

I love the idea that leadership and solving interesting problems are the two most important things we can teach our children (other than the Gospel of course). Here’s what Seth Godin wrote about that today as he tied it to technology.

It might be that instead of spending more time looking for a louder platform, you could profit from digging in and doing the hard work of figuring out the change you seek to make. If you’re unable to influence one person in a face to face meeting, all the tech in the world isn’t going to help you change a million people. [Godin]

The fallacy of technology is that you can be ubiquitous, which I confess is certainly compelling. But there is absolutely no value in being ubiquitous if your content and knowledge aren’t good. It’s far more purposeful to be in one place at one time and to own that place with a deep and thorough wisdom of whatever it is that you’re interested in.