My favorite blogger, Seth Godin, said recently that “Attitude follows action far more often than action follows attitude.” So, today, I’m writing about the people I admire most in an effort to improve my attitude and myself. I want to share distilled character traits of those passed and present hoping this action might help me to be more like them.
Editor’s Note: Thanks to Pete Accorti for sending this haunting song from my favorite musicians. Seth and Scott and their bandmates always stretch melodies and lyrics, here even harmonies to make statements about the beauty and the pain of life. This one covers the age-old choice between regret and acceptance of the mistakes we’ve all made in our lives.
Editor’s note: I don’t know how I stumbled on this decade-old book but beyond Gaudiani’s ill-advised “independence declaration”, she riveted my interest. Claire Gaudiani is a well-known student of philanthropy in the USA. The history of American philanthropy (See Zinsmeister from earlier blogs) fascinates me. The second value of this book is her argument in favor of a middle ground between too much government regulation of giving and leaving philanthropy entirely unbound. It’s an endless but worthy concern since neither our government nor our wealthy can be entirely trusted.