Despite his timeless fame relatively little is know about the Greek Homer, yet even less is known about the true origin of his legendary poems The Iliad and The Odyssey (such as who actually wrote them). While their genesis may not be known, Robert Fagles’ translation of Homer’s The Odyssey is a poetic masterpiece that likely brings us closer to how the story was first told in all it’s glory.
Even with his unique gifts and great success (and my favoritism for his works), it’d be a bit too bold to claim that Seth Godin is today’s Homer. While Seth Godin’s writings may not match the scale and scope of those famous epics, his wisdom is right on par.
In You Go First*, Seth Godin reminds us that to achieve anything we must be willing to act; written thousands of years later his message sounds a lot like Homer’s Odyssey proverb:
“Bashfulness, for a man in need, is no great friend.”Homer, “Book 17: Stranger At The Gates,” in The Odyssey (Robert Fagles translation), 365: line 381.
Don’t wait for someone else to do it, it begins with you.
*Thanks to Krishaan Khubchand for the timely tweet as I read that proverb in The Odyssey