Greetings from the Pacific Ocean!
Happy New Year’s to everyone in advance. I’m currently flying over the water and will miss New Year’s Eve (all of it) due to crossing the international date line today.
Don’t feel bad for me, though—I’m en route to my penultimate country. If all goes well, tomorrow I’ll be on Tuvalu and only one country away from… all of them. (Also: I like the word penultimate. I think it means “almost there.”)
Today I want to share a few things with those of you who care:
1. I’m en route to Tuvalu! (OK, we’ve covered that.)
2. There are some great new books you should read, especially from Seth Godin and Dan Pink
3. I’m giving away a bunch of stuff. Just comment to win and some of you will get something nice
We’ll get to the books in a moment. First, last week we had a holiday party for readers and friends in Portland. Some folks even came down from Washington and British Columbia. We had a lot of drinks, I gave away amenity kits and Marriott gift cards, and went home around midnight feeling very fortunate.
Precisely, I feel very fortunate to have stumbled on this strange career / life / everything. It’s insanely ridiculous and incredibly fun. I’m not sure where I’m headed in life as my “go everywhere” quest draws to a close, but thanks to you, I have no doubt that 2013 will be better than ever.
Seth’s New Book(s): How High Can You Fly?
This brings me to role models, especially those who have modeled consistency and excellent to me. Some of us launch one book every other year and feel proud of ourselves, but Seth Godin goes out and launches three books in a week. Yeah, I know: overacheiver.
Sometimes I read Seth’s daily blog just for the sake of being inspired to work. You just know he is going to produce thoughtful and inspiring posts on a regular basis.
His new book, The Icarus Deception, is the one we all expect to shift the conversation about life, work, and art. I always buy multiple copies of any book I endorse, and I’ve placed my pre-order for several of these already.
Oh, and the behemoth! Seth has offered me a free copy of his latest “six years of blog posts” collection, a monster-sized compilation that isn’t sold in stores. It will probably cost $100 just to ship it, but we’re putting it on the Godin corporate AmEx.
To win the behemoth, simply ask for it in the comments.
Check out the trailer for The Icarus Deception below, and order it from Amazon or your favorite local bookstore.
Also! A New Book from Dan Pink
Not to be undone, someone else I respect is also launching a new book. Dan Pink and I haven’t actually met yet, but I’ve admired his work from afar. He was kind to review and endorse The $100 Startup during a busy time in his life.
An animated version of one of his talks has been viewed ten million times, and upon cracking up the review copy of the new book, To Sell Is Human, I see that he’s sold more than a million copies of his previous bestseller, Drive. That’s… not bad.
Seth and Dan have modeled generosity and quality work for me. If you enjoy AONC, you’d probably like their books. I hope you’ll check them out, even if you don’t win one of the copies I’ll be sending.
Also pictured here:
Libby the cat / assistant (not currently for sale)
End of Year Offer for Anything
If you’d like to win one of the books pictured above, post a comment and we’ll draw a number of winners (including multiple winners for The Icarus Deception and To Sell Is Human).
While we’re at it, if I can do anything else for you this week, post a comment as well.
I don’t expect much in the way of holiday parties on Tuvalu, and I’ve got three days there. If there’s something I can do for you during that time, let me know. If you want something I make and can’t afford it, say the word. I doubt my opinion about your business or travel plan will be hugely helpful, but if you think it might be, let me know.
As mentioned, I feel very grateful to be able to live this crazy life with you, so whatever I can do to help, I will. You can also send an email if your request is private.
In short, I hope your year is winding down well.
Comment to win the behemoth collection (a gift from Seth).
Comment to win one of the many free books from me (I’ll pay shipping anywhere in the world).
Comment if you want something else from me. If I can do it in the next few days while I’m hanging out on a faraway island, I will.
Deadline for all these things: January 3, 2013.
Thanks again. Happy 2013!
UPDATE: The giveaway and “offer to do anything” have now closed. Thanks for your participation! We’ll contact winners by email and award as many things as we can. Sadly, we don’t have as many books as we have entries, but you are all appreciated nonetheless.