You already have permission
You have permission to create, to speak up, and stand up
You have permission to be generous, to fail, and to be vulnerable
You have permission to own your words, to matter and to help
No need to wait.
Seth Godin is an ongoing source of inspiration to me. I have a nasty love-hate relationship with advertising, but Godin does a great job of making me feel inspired about the great work of persuasion. He’s like the Scott McCloud of it: in the same way as re-reading McCloud’s comics trilogy makes me wave my hands and shout “hooray comics!”, Godin’s work energizes me. He is also an interesting kind of optimist: his work generally assumes that you already have good ideas. You do. The challenge is turning good ideas into great ideas, which takes a lot of work, and persuading others that your idea is great, which also takes a lot of work. But with Godin as my cheerleader, I feel equipped to take that work on.