I have to admit to you now, as I admitted to David when he left the comment, that I haven’t read the book yet. It’s been on my shelf for months and now, with prodding, I think I’ll finally read it.
In case you haven’t read it either, I will explain the concept of shipping. Shipping is sharing your work with the world, in Seth’s words: it’s the collision between your work and the outside world.
Today, I am shipping again.
My two oldest daughters are headed off to school.
These girls – the two I’m sending off and the one still at home – are my best work.
From the moment I discovered my first pregnancy (nearly ten years ago), I have known that I would dedicate my best energy to mothering my children.
If I published a string of best-selling books, they would still be my best work.
If I rose to the executive suite of a Fortune 100 company, they would still be my best work.
If I became president of the United States and led our nation out of our financial slump, they would still be my best work.
I can think of no accomplishment that would compare to the joy and satisfaction parenting brings.
I will never do anything as important as this: being their mother.
Part of being a leader, though, is sharing your best work with the world. Shipping.
And although my work in their lives will never be complete – although, in fact, I still have many more years of teaching and influencing them before they become fully independent – this is the first of many days that I will ship them.
Today, they nearly skipped away, dressed in colorful polo shirts and navy jumpers, into the world, where they brought their sweetness and light, their creativity and curiosity.
Last week I shipped my best writing from this blog; today, I shipped again.
What are you shipping? How can you share your best work with the world?
This was originally posted at Mountain State University LeaderTalk and is reposted with permission.