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Leap First

Leap First

Product Review (submitted on February 12, 2015):

Hi, Andrew here, one of the Sounds True staff writers. I wrote the description on the main page for this audio, but it has helped me so much personally that I wanted to add my own two cents (okay, six actually):

1. I’m also a long-time aspiring fine art photographer who’s been nervous about putting my stuff out there. I mean, there are already SO many amazing visual artists online and in galleries. Plus it's SCARY. Then I read Seth Godin's book “Linchpin" and it made me realize that bringing BEAUTY AND DELIGHT into the world is just as important as sharing compassion and wisdom. But it was this audio that actually gave me the guts to “leap.” The response has been extraordinary (yep, both good and bad) but I am glad that I did.

2. Listening to this program has also inspired me in my writing and marketing work to find more direct and human ways of connecting with you guys (listeners and readers who are into serious spiritual insights). In fact, it’s the main reason why I decided to post this review.

3. For years I’ve turned to Seth Godin for his marketing insights and his eerily accurate predictions about our changing global culture and economy—but I was totally surprised to hear how much CONTEMPLATIVE WISDOM informs his work. In this audio, for example, he applies Pema Chodron’s teachings on “SHENPA” and "PRAJNA" to facing our fears in very useful ways.

4. I didn’t have room to squeeze it into the product description blurb, but one of the most valuable “aha!” topics for me in this recording is about ENJOYING AMBIGUITY. Check out the tracks titled “In the hallway” and “In between the panels.”

5. Seth also gets bonus points here for drawing upon two of my non-spirituality-category heroes: MILES DAVIS (as troubled a genius as he was), and SCOTT McCLOUD (his "graphic novel" UNDERSTANDING COMICS is a revelation into how visual art and storytelling work...but that’s another product review).

6. Two CDs would seem too short to be really valuable. But after my first “just for fun” listen I went through a second time, pausing to reflect and brainstorm on paper. I surprised myself with how much I got out of that process.

THE SHORT REVIEW: I’ve listened to dozens of “career self-help” and “creativity” audios in my job and for personal pleasure. This is one of my favorites.

Hope that was useful. If you have questions about “Leap First,” feel free to email me at andrewy@soundstrue.com and I’ll try my best to answer (between lots of writing jobs). If you find my answers helpful, I’ll post ‘em all in a Sounds True blog entry and add a link here. May you take flight with your own aspirations! - Andrew