Seth Godin once said, “If you can’t state your position in eight words, you don’t have a position.”
There is so much freedom in this idea. Not only are we free to express ourselves succinctly and without fear, but we can also let go of needing to have an opinion on everything.
If your opinion on something begins with, “Well, that’s a difficult one…” then you’re 5 words in and no closer to a position. This is a beautiful thing – it’s mental simplicity in action.
If you have one, fantastic. But if not, feel free to let it go and save your thoughts for something you care enough about. Alternatively, take the time to form a position.
If we had an opinion on everything, we would not only be annoying, but we would speak in very short, concise and heavily thought-through sentences, every word being weighted just so.
There are a lot of issues I don’t have a Seth Godin-style position on, but I do have opinions on some things.
- Travel is food for the soul. Take kids.
- Gardening is an incredible pleasure, try it.
- We are privileged, make it count for something.
- Living with less allows room for more.
- Happiness is always a choice. Not necessarily easy.
- Our stuff doesn’t hold memories. We do.
Share one of yours if you’d like. I’d love to hear them.