React vs. Respond

Seth Godin makes an excellent point:

We can react or respond, as my friend Zig used to say. When we react to a medicine, that’s a bad thing. When we respond, it’s working.

When the world dumps something at our door, we can take the shortcut and allow ourselves to react. We can point out that whatever we do is happening because the other side deserved it. Tantrums are okay, in this analysis, because the other guy made us.

Or we can respond. With something that works. With an approach we’re proud of, proud of even after the moment has passed. It’s not easy, it’s often not fun, but it’s the professional’s choice.

There are many ways this can apply to your life.

In some regard it’s semantics, but semantics can be important because they affect your mindset and how you will approach problems in life.

Sometimes we have to react, but it seems better to start thinking about how to respond.

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