Seth Godin and Ninja Turtles!

For Seth Godin’s Live event, called “Pick Yourself,” I’m wearing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle t-shirt.

This post will serve as a guidepost for those that I’d like to meet! If you see a small-ish asian guy walking around with this shirt on then you know it’s me.

Why TMNT? Because I doubt that I’ll have any copycats today (but if I do I’ll probably LOL and then I’ll have to take a photo for posterity’s sake).

Please say “Hi!” (yes, you can yell in my face or across the room) and we’ll connect and we’ll have crazy-awesome conversations about whatever we’ll talk about (I have no idea what we’ll chat about but that doesn’t matter!)!

I find my choice of attire exceptionally fitting (pun intended) since the conference is here in New York City and for those that don’t know (how could you not know?!?) TMNT live in the sewers under NYC.

Duh. Isn’t that where all mutant turtles live? Sheesh!

In all seriousness I can’t wait to meet you and I hope I can provide some value to you, your business, your venture, or even give you a little push in the right direction to build a bit of momentum (you have to forgive me as that’s just the professional coach inside of me).

via the Pick Yourself Directory!

One of the neatest things for me personally is that I don’t have a strict agenda as to why I’m even here in the first place. I feel I’m at a critical juncture with some large decisions to make and I just felt that flying to NYC in the middle of May would be part of developing the solutions and strategies that I need.

Strategic, right? … Right…

And I’m not even sure of the challenge or even a problem that I’m trying to solve! I’m just open to finding a bit more clarity. I hope that you (yes, you!) can assist me in that today as we chat about neat things.

And for those that are digitally engaging with this post and are not in NYC today – that’s too bad! I wish you were here so we can hang out and chat. If you have any wisdom-from-beyond to give me I’m open to anything you have to say.

Nothing off limits here! … … … as if “limits” were being observed anyway!

Have a great day folks.

  • Radford Harrell

    J. Wish I were there to take advantage of your attire signage. Have a great time.

    • John Saddington

      thanks rad!

  • Geekfori

    So since you are so close to Baltimore (3 hours) you are coming by right? We have a comfy couch for you and your turtle friends!

  • Bloggoround

    I just realized that if you changed the last color in your Action and Influence bars to red, you would have all the TMNT colors represented.

    You could even use one of them to describe yourself:

    Hi, I am John. I am a 5151 and a Leonardo! :)

    Leonardo (Leo) — The courageous leader and devoted student of martial arts.

    Raphael (Raph) — The team’s bad boy.

    Donatello (Don or Donny) — The knowledgeable scientist, inventor, engineer, and technological genius.

    Michelangelo (Mike or Mikey) — Easy-going and free-spirited.

    • Dustin W. Stout

      That’s awesome!

  • Bloggoround

    What color of glasses is he wearing today?

    I think you should ask him for an old pair with his autograph on them.


    Then secretly in your hotel room (or park bench) you can take yours off and slowly put his on and see with clarity what he sees.

    You can even buy a special case for them, and when you are in the board room stuck with no inspiration or direction, you could quietly in front of everyone pull out the Seth Godin spectacles of clarity.

    Just don’t shave your head, I think it looks cool on him …., but it wouldn’t work out well for you unless you were going for the Master Po look! ;)

  • Jeff Goins

    Jealous. have fun.

  • Bloggoround

    OK, I realize I am on the verge of spamming this post, if I haven’t already, but I did want to include a serious comment.

    Since you are not even sure of the challenge or problem to solve, I can’t give much advise other than this:

    First of all -

    Are you going through an early midlife crisis?

    Do you have too many irons in the fire that you can’t even see the fire anymore?

    Is God trying to get your attention?

    Next –

    Pray and ask God if you are heading in the right direction. (people will give you an earthly view and God will give you a Heavenly view)

    Then -

    Don’t do anything stupid until you are sure you have heard from God.


    I have found myself in this situation numerous times in my life. And it does help to take a road trip and to just get away from everything to think. I believe God likes to take us away to another place for a while so that He can speak to us; if we would just listen. There are many examples of this in the Bible.

    Anyway, that is my two cents worth.

    Have fun in NYC.

  • dave miers

    cowabunga, dude!

  • Kenny Jahng

    Great to meet up today. Interesting question for Seth today, but I don’t think he got it. Did you get a chance to press him further on the tech/open-source/platforming issues afterwards in the meet and greet?

    In fact, many of his answers were surprisingly felt like quick, on the fly, minor reformulations of his core content. It is interesting to see how his own wierdness factor principle seems to be at play in his own work. Once you go down the specialization path, it is hard to be relevant a couple of notches back up at a higher altitude.

    If you are looking for some sounding board action, just let me know. Always available to jump on a vid chat or call and go back and forth.


  • Beth Zimmerman

    Have fun!

  • Dustin W. Stout

    I wish I could have been there! I’ve never heard Seth speak. :/