I’ve had a cold the past few days. I’ve only been able to mentally handle a few hours of work per day. I’ve been spending a lot of time sleeping, reading and watching TV (and by TV I mean a little Hulu, some DVDs, and Sports Center).
Lucky for me I’ve been enamored with a new book. More precisely, a free eBook entitled What Matters Now. The book was organized by marketing extraordinaire Seth Godin and can be downloaded on his blog. The book is a collection of 70 essays from some of the very best entrepreneurial minds. The essays are concise, elegant, and thought provoking. I highly recommend taking the time to download it and work your way through the essays.
I was shocked to see the list of writers. There were an unbelievable amount of my favorite entrepreneurs, bloggers, and authors. Among the names that stood out to me: Jessica Hagy, Chris Anderson, Alan Webber, Tony Hsieh, Guy Kawasaki, Gary Vaynerchuk, Chip and Dan Heath, Fred Wilson, Aaron Wall, Gina Trapani, Ramit Sethi, Merlin Mann, Penelope Trunk, Jason Fried, Arianna Huffington, Tim O’Reilly, and of course Godin himself. It’s a freaking all-star cast.
When I first saw that list I didn’t believe it. How did he organize this? It’s seemingly impossible. A few years ago it probably would have been impossible. In 2009 though, the very best minds are willing to take time out of their super busy schedules to be a part of something special like this. Each one of these people truly value giving some of their expertise away for free – no strings attached. They got nothing more than a link back to their blog, which also gives away free information.
The collaborative environment that we are living in right now is fascinating to me. It’s awesome.
And for what it’s worth, my favorite essay was called Enrichment (page 16) by Rajesh Setty – a entrepreneur, investor, author, and speaker that I had not previously heard of.