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We Are All Weird [Kindle Edition]

Seth Godin
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Book Description

We Are All Weird is a celebration of choice, of treating different people differently and of embracing the notion that everyone deserves the dignity and respect that comes from being heard. The book calls for end of mass and for the beginning of offering people more choices, more interests and giving them more authority to operate in ways that reflect their own unique values.

For generations, marketers, industrialists and politicians have tried to force us into little boxes, complying with their idea of what we should buy, use or want. And in an industrial, mass-market driven world, this was efficient and it worked. But what we learned in this new era is that mass limits our choice because it succeeds on conformity.

As Godin has identified, a new era of weirdness is upon us. People with more choices, more interests and the power to do something about it are stepping forward and insisting that the world work in a different way. By enabling choice we allow people to survive and thrive.



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Book Description: We Are All Weird is a celebration of choice, of treating different people differently and of embracing the notion that everyone deserves the dignity and respect that comes from being heard. The book calls for end of mass and for the beginning of offering people more choices, more interests and giving them more authority to operate in ways that reflect their own unique values.

For generations, marketers, industrialists and politicians have tried to force us into little boxes, complying with their idea of what we should buy, use or want. And in an industrial, mass-market driven world, this was efficient and it worked. But what we learned in this new era is that mass limits our choice because it succeeds on conformity.

As Godin has identified, a new era of weirdness is upon us. People with more choices, more interests and the power to do something about it are stepping forward and insisting that the world work in a different way. By enabling choice we allow people to survive and thrive.
Jacqueline Novogratz Reviews We Are All Weird

Jacqueline Novogratz is founder and CEO of Acumen Fund, a non-profit global venture capital fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty. Acumen Fund has invested over $50 million of patient capital in 50 businesses that have impacted more than 40 million people in the past year alone. Any money returned to Acumen Fund is reinvested in enterprises serving the poor. Currently, Acumen has offices in New York, Mumbai, Karachi, and Nairobi. Read her guest review of Seth Godin's We Are All Weird:

Seth Godin's latest book We Are All Weird is a song of freedom, an exuberant manifesto with the richness of choice that comes with wealth, the markets, the internet, our increasing connection with one another across the globe. He argues that the era of mass marketing is over (thankfully) and that as humans we seek not just to consume but to "connect," and therefore we find those who love what we love and, when it works best, create or join "tribes." We are allowed, indeed, encouraged to be individuals, to specialize rather than fit in or be "normal" and this is where richness begins. As Seth says, "Stuff is not the point." Connection, choice, pursuing what we love is.

Seth has advised the organization I founded, Acumen Fund, for many years. He constantly reminds us to be unafraid to focus on a small group of believers who make the choice to opt-in; and I can see that lesson elucidated brilliantly in We Are All Weird. We have the extraordinary luxury of choice and, for the most part, of doing what we want to do. How we use that choice to make the lives of others around us the richer for being connected to us is critical to Seth's evolving understanding of marketing and creating systems that release rather than stifle our energies—regardless of who we are, where we live, or what language we may speak. Read this book slowly and read it again for the lessons are rich and wise. I couldn't feel prouder to be a part of Seth's tribe.

--Jacqueline Novogratz


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"This is a book about giving a damn. It's about caring about what you do and (as importantly) who you do it for. Professional apathy is a relic of a dead era and, as Seth teaches brilliantly, a mentality you cling to at great peril. Everyone with a pulse and a paycheque should be living We Are All Weird."
--Chris Taylor, Founder of ActionableBooks.com

"This book will resonate with anyone who wants to lead a tribe, be authentic, dance to the beat of their own music and make a difference in the world. If your inner critic (the resistance) has been telling you that you are not enough, your work is not good enough and who do you think you are to make a difference, then buy this book. Let your freak flag fly high!"
--Sherold Barr, Master Coach Freedom Fighter

"Seth has done it again. Open this book to almost any page. Read it, and change your thinking, your work, your life, or better express your art. Weird how he does this, isn't it?"
--Rob Berkley, Executive Coach, VisionDay.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 345 KB
  • Print Length: 114 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1936719223
  • Publisher: The Domino Project (September 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005G5DSLW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,954 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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108 of 122 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Godin's Best Work September 24, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've been a follower of Seth Godin for a while now--I read his blog daily, and have read a majority of his books. I think that was actually a bad thing relating to my enjoyment of "We're all Weird". Too many of the ideas were pointlessly longer recapitulations of Godin's previous messages, from both his blog and his books, and the general message about the fall of mass and the rise of individuality (weirdness) seemed trite. Less ardent fans of Godin might find the book refreshingly insightful, but those familiar with his writing likely won't find anything new.
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too broad and trite October 8, 2011
By Kam
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I like most of Seth Godin's ideas, including this one, but to what end is the purpose of this 100 page book that, I believe, would have been suited for a short article or blog post.?

We are all weird, is self-evident in a day when we can choose between a couple of hundred pasta sauces in the supermarket. If you want to buy and learn how to play the ukulele, you will be sure to find like minded people online. The market is no longer of limited choice dictated by others.

Today, you can do, buy, sell, and associate with anyone you want, as long as it is legal, and it's as easy as ever to find it. That pretty much sums it up.

Seth Godin is still an amazing person to listen to and take advice from. I think Seth Godin's book, " Poke the Box" deserves 5 stars.
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80 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now is the time to embrace your weird September 21, 2011
Format:Hardcover
Seth Godin's latest is a little book with big ideas about how to live your life. For marketers and business owners, it is also a wakeup call for how to reach buyers of your products and services.

Seth argues that the one-size-fits-all mass market is dead. But you know that already because you probably don't listen to top 40 radio or watch the evening news. This idea of the end of "normal" is essential to work because if you're selling ads at a top 40 station, work probably isn't much fun these days. Embrace the weird and it can be!

I love this quote from the book: "The epic battle of our generation is between the status quo of mass and the never-ceasing tide of weird."

Weirdness takes many forms. When everyone else is carrying nylon computer bags and sporty backpacks, weird people insist on an "old-fashioned" leather briefcase (guilty). Many people think it is weird to go to over 50 Grateful Dead concerts and own recordings of hundreds of their concerts (also guilty).

Is it weird to spend six hours on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in a dingy rec room playing Dungeons and Dragons? To collect chewing gum wrappers and own over 2,000, with examples from over 50 countries? To read instead of watching television? To ride a bike instead of driving?

The weird is us. And the weird is you. (What would they think if they knew?!).

In other words, weirdness is a huge market. I'd argue that unless you sell a commodity product - like paperclips - that you need to embrace the weird buyer in your marketing efforts. Heck, there are animal shaped paperclips and colored paperclips and huge paperclips so even commodities can be marketed to the weird.

Mass = Normal. Weird = Rich.

You can read "We Are All Weird" in an hour.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One of Godin's poorer works December 3, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This was thankfully a short read because there just wasn't much for Seth to talk about. I'm a huge fan of some of his previous works, and I consider 'The Dip' to be one of my favorite business reads, but compare both short books and you'll see what a giant gap it is. If you're interested in this topic, I'd recommend you read the Long Tail by Chris Anderson instead which has a much more insightful and indepth coverage of this subject matter.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Can A Small Book Be So Massive? September 29, 2011
Format:Hardcover
This is Seth Godin's most powerful work. If you've read his other books you've had the opportunity to follow the impact of technology first on marketing, and then extended to everyone's daily lives. This book delves into the death of the mass market and makes the impact of the web visible not only for business, but for education, religion and politics.

It's a short easy read but it will bang around in your head for weeks. This is the best book I've read this year.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming if you've read a lot of Seth's work! October 1, 2011
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I was disappointed in this work from Seth having read a reasonable amount of his other work and also generally keep up to date with general economic trends.

I didn't really find Seth said anything new. I think the majority of informed people would appreciate the industrial revolution has all been about "mass" production and that the new world is all increasingly about the "outer-lying" ring, which Seth has dubbed the "weird". Funny though that the most valuable company in the world now, Apple, has moved from being the "niche" player to being the "mass" producer enabling easy access to the mass produced and also the "weird". Similarly, Google and Facebook thrive on the "mass" whilst enabling access to the "weird".

I like Seth's definition of the "rich" - "rich means making a choice, choosing an identity and following a path that matters." Yes, agree wholeheartedly.

One of Seth's strengths is the application of his ideas across different industries and, being a parent, was excited when he applied the need to adopt education practices that allowed for multiple layers of "weird". Yes, yes, agree. However, he ended at that. I think many a parent has identified this issue and proposed (or hoped) in their own mind that the education system could be adjusted to allow for their "weird" child. That's easy. The terribly hard bit is being able to propose a solution for the how. Seth doesn't venture anything in this debate.

Look, if you haven't read much of Seth's work, then you'll probably find it useful. It's short and easy to read.

Not one of Seth's best.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting, thought provoking , if quirky.
Published 1 month ago by M Henkel Marsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book. And yes, we are all weird, but ok in our tribes.
Published 1 month ago by Roberto Iregui
2.0 out of 5 stars Sounded interesting
I read it but did not like it at all. Nothing new or even amusing to me. No great wisdom. I think I only bought it because it was a deal. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Cone Head nailed it
I'm a sucker for anyone wearing a cone on his head. Great read. It's one of those books you actually buy and read.
Published 3 months ago by Hans
4.0 out of 5 stars MKT 201-06: Kaiser Tan's Trade Book Review
The book being reviewed is We Are All Weird by Seth Godin. After hearing numerous great reviews about Godin's writing style and the topics he discusses, I decided to give one of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kaiser Tan
2.0 out of 5 stars So much talking without really saying anything
The writing was boring and rambling, lacking cohesion and smooth transitions. I would have enjoyed the subject matter if it wasn't so gosh darn painful to read. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kyleky Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
This book was a quick read. Entertaining and insightful together, which I don't encounter very often. I will be re-reading this periodically. Lots of fun.
Published 6 months ago by yoda
1.0 out of 5 stars definitely not a fan of this, yikes
I was excited about reading this book, but I had such a hard time reading it and being drawn in that I got it on my audible account just so I could finish it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by CCHershey
3.0 out of 5 stars Tell me something I don't know
Sorry Seth, this one is kind of boring and obvious. It follows the theory of the more weighty and relevant (in it's time) "The Long Tail". Read more
Published 7 months ago by Qwester
5.0 out of 5 stars This book hurts in a good way...
Seth Godin does it again, while I don't always enjoy his style of writing (moving from one idea to the next quickly) his message is pretty consistent throughout the book. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Peter Saddington
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More About the Author

Seth Godin is the author of fifteen international bestsellers that have been translated into over 35 languages, and have changed the way people think about marketing and work. For a long time, Unleashing the Ideavirus was the most popular ebook ever published, and Purple Cow is the bestselling marketing book of the decade.

His book, Tribes, was a nationwide bestseller, appearing on the Amazon, New York Times, BusinessWeek and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. It's about the most powerful form of marketing--leadership--and how anyone can now become a leader, creating movements that matter.

His book Linchpin came out in 2008 and was the fastest selling book of his career. Linchpin challenges you to stand up, do work that matters and race to the top instead of the bottom. More than that, though, the book outlines a massive change in our economy, a fundamental shift in what it means to have a job.

Since Linchpin, Godin has published two more books, Poke the Box and We Are All Weird, through his Domino Project.

Recently, he launched The Icarus Deception via Kickstarter, which reached its goal in less than three hours. It will be available to the public in January of 2013.

In addition to his writing and speaking, Seth is founder and CEO of Squidoo.com, a fast growing recommendation website. His blog (find it by typing "seth" into Google) is the most popular marketing blog in the world. Before his work as a writer and blogger, Godin was Vice President of Direct Marketing at Yahoo!, a job he got after selling them his pioneering 1990s online startup, Yoyodyne.

You can find every single possible detail that anyone could ever want to know at squidoo.com/seth.

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