It's probably my fault.
Certainly, I've entangled myself quite a lot in what I'm saying. The message and messenger are one?
But, they should not be. Who am I? We could discuss it. It's kind of interesting, to me at least. But who I am is much less important than what I'm saying -
I'm trying to lay it out. True. Sincere. Unfiltered.
Stop and reflect.
How often is there one person in your office that does all the work, and gets none of the credit?
Why aren't you speaking up for them?
How often is there some stupid paperwork that's ruining everyone's week and accomplishes nothing?
Why don't you go to the division issuing it and tell them honestly that it screws up everyone's day?
Why don't speak you speak up and say that "sensitivity training" with 1970's-era videos are ridiculous and accomplish nothing? Why do you just sit and let your brain melt when you could actually be doing something real out in the world?
Why don't you tell your bank that if they ever recommend such a shitty product again for a commission, you're going to post flyers all over the front of the bank that they're crooks inside?
Why don't you tell the restaurant that their food is great, but their service sucks, and you'd really like them to do better?
What would happen if people started getting more honest and sincere?
I'm getting a mix of extreme praise and extreme criticism. That's fine. But I'm just the messenger.
We could all do better. Why do you keep suffering stupidly? Quietly? For "diplomacy"? For "tact"? Because it's "not your place"?
Fine! You could suffer yourself. It's your life.
Why don't you stand up for other people who are getting a raw deal and won't stand up for themselves?
Surely if we stop being doormats the world will slowly become a better place won't it?
I don't want my children to be treated like crap, then I should not allow it for myself, then should I!
If the oppressor is never challenged, the oppression will only grow worse.
People will generally treat you as you will allow. If you tolerate crap, that's what you will get.
Now, I'm gonna quote you:
"If they come harder at you, double down again. Grow Stronger. Own your mistakes, but never apologize for things that you truly believe. "
You're an inspiration.
"Keep doing what you’re doing."
Dear Simon and Schuster, lately it has come to my attention that you are not be handling your resources well. By handling I mean treating and by resources I mean authors. Sebastian Marshall is one of them. On his post (available here: http://www.sebastianmarshall.com/an-open-letter-to-simon-and-schuester-ceo-carolyn-reidy ) He makes a more substantial point than I. I simply want to say to you that I had no idea who you were, will most likely never buy from you and want to read a book from Sebastian. As a potential buyer I would love to read more books of quality. Please make this book happen. Sincerely, Ian.
Sebastian, you're not doing a good job with this blog. You're doing a GODDAMNED GREAT job. If seen a lot of people bashing in the comments and just wanted to remind you that there are, probably several times more of us who benefit from this blog. I can for sure say that you changed my life, not THAT much but definitely changed it for better!
Somebody said to you that you're his literary hero, well you're my online hero. And I hope to meet you someday and hopefully I'll be a fucking GIANT, intellectually, mentally, spiritually and physically by then because that's the effect your work here has on me.
So yeah, keep up what you're doing. You work here makes a difference, much more than you know!
Agreed. Before I surrender to inexistence, I want to look back and pride myself with what I've accomplished, not with how polite I've been while I got rolled over.
Keep at it, Seb.
A couple days ago, I told a Nigerian engineer to "Work online. Use freelancing sites. Lie about the country you’re in. [...] There’s a big stigma against Nigeria. That’s just reality, and you need to deal with it."
A reader replies -
I feel for this guy but I am surprised you recommend lying. There has to be another way. ... I have a problem with lying, period, and perhaps I’ve misunderstood Sebastian but I think he stands for straightforwardness.
Let's talk about this straightforwardly, like adults, like grown-ups.
Most people won't do that. It's inherently weird. Most people don't own up to the fact that they lie, yet almost everyone does so. A lot, actually.
I remember not hating my job (and my life), but not exactly enjoying it.
I remember reading Linchpin by Seth Godin.
I remember that morning in the gym, when I said, That’s it. I’m done. I quit.
These are my highlights (highlights, meaning I did NOT write these) from Linchpin.
This is how Seth Godin made me quit my job. Don’t read it if you don’t want to quit yours.