Thumbs up means I highly recommend reading the book. A thumbs down means read something else unless you have free time on your hands.
Take Away: Completely decadent and way better written than expected. Why did I wait so long to read this?
Some where in the human body is this switch that indicates if you aren’t pouring tons of resources in the form of buildings and money into something to reach a large number of people that you can’t have an impact that changes the world. I am not quite sure why that is. Ask any child and they will tell you the most valuable resource you can offer them is your time. It is the single most finite resource we encounter day in and day out. Everyone has exactly the same amount of it. So how effective you are at using it and who/what you are spending it on determines the returns you get.
So why on earth am spending time saying this? Because when I was a pastor (yeah hard to believe right), I was frustrated that nearly all the leadership in the church (multiple churches) were focused on trying to get the perfect building or doing the best programs. They felt doing these things would increase attendance. Then with increased attendance they would have a greater impact to save souls and change the world.
I see a lot of people in the local creative/technology community doing this as well. They are obsessed with more events(programs) and with building their tribe in the name of reaching more people. The problem is if you have an audience of 1000 you can have only minor impact by what you say and what you do, but when you have a authentic and transparent relationship with a small few you have the ability to significantly impact their view of the world. If you can light the fire and passion in just a handful of people and they in turn do the same in the future. The impact is far greater than if you address the masses.
Of course, nothing is ever easy. It doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be events or central organizations that reach larger numbers of people. Doing so does have value and is important. I’m just reminding myself that even if you can only touch the course of a single person’s life you have made a significant dent in altering the world. Remember it’s about people and how you interact with them. Nothing feels better than having someone tell you when that the time you invested in them made a difference. Are you making a difference in someone elses life today?