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Graceful [Kindle Edition]

Seth Godin
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In this 32-page short eBook, New York Times bestselling author Seth Godin presents 30 ideas for making a difference in a world that needs you.

Product Details

  • File Size: 126 KB
  • Print Length: 45 pages
  • Publisher: New Word City, Inc. (October 13, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047ZFFEA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,655 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Goodness Graceness April 15, 2011
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This review originally appeared on my review site.

Seth Godin's rise to the cultural/marketing/intellectual elite allows him to say or write pretty much whatever he wants; in response, his readers raise up a fist and cry "Hear, hear!" When I put it this way, it sounds terrifying (at the least, unnerving). And maybe it is. But not because Godin has all our attention, but because what he's saying is relevant and smart.

In "Graceful," a shorter ebook released six months ago, Godin discusses the attitude, lifestyle, and aura of the new revolutionaries: the gracefuls.

"Graceful is artistic, elegant, subtle and effective. Graceful makes things happen and brings light but not heat."

Godin's "Graceful" is an inspiring read, not only because of its discussion of how consumers will gravitate towards art instead of stuff, but because his advice for assimilation into this new world is based on values and virtues.

Don't let the word "virtues" turn you off. He doesn't preach; he's not even up on a soapbox. The fact of it is, being graceful makes you a linchpin; grace is achieved with generosity, authenticity, intregrity, and other forms of emotional labor.

"...No one is born graceful. It's not a gift, it's a choice."

Authenticity, genius and integrity are in short supply, considering we're still mucking through a system that "rewards" cogs in the machine and thoughtless drones. Sure, we're seeing examples of the revolution popping up all over the place - innovative workplaces and the exaltation of the creative - but the mentality of the industrial revolution is slow to die.

The graceful, the linchpins, fill the niche of this scarcity.

"Scarcity creates value, and the linchpin understands this.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Things I once knew and forgot March 27, 2011
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Just a few pages into Mr. Godin's "Graceful" and I'm prompted to write my first Amazon review in years.

What is it about human nature - my nature - that makes playing it safe so compelling? Fear? Laziness?

As he has in so many of his writings, Seth gracefully uses simple language to deliver powerful messages.

Messages about kindness, abundance, and giving another person (my wife, my boss, my client, my service provider) the benefit of the doubt.

Messages that instantly reminded me that I once knew these things, but somehow forgot. Thanks again Seth.
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51 of 60 people found the following review helpful
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Pleasantly short and inspirational, in Godin's typical style, though notably lacking thought regarding any specific way to actually BE that graceful, idyllic leader: that is, aside from criticizing the status quo. Thoughtful? Yes. Constructive in any tangible way? No.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just read Linchpin. July 31, 2012
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I hate to have to respond to Godin's signature verve with so much disappointment, but there is really nothing new here. What you get for the price of admission is a rehash of ideas much better developed in Linchpin, and a paragraph or two to point out that, oh yeah, let's call that gracefulness. Already read Linchpin? Then miss it, man. Haven't? Then do yourself a favor and read that one instead.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great work May 24, 2013
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Ive heard a lot about Seth Godin, but this is the first thing I've read by him. He offers an easy to read book full of inspiration. I would've liked more practical advice and fewer truisms, but he definitely offers some interesting philosophy. Worth the read!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Godin February 10, 2013
By Suzanne
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This book is an extension of Seth's worldview, which I happen to share. It is a quick read for those of us that need a little inspiration.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seth's premise is so simple, yet so profound October 8, 2014
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It's been (another) tough day at work. Unclear directions. Unreasonable expectations. Project deadlines competing for attention like spoiled, unruly children. So I purchased myself a gift this afternoon. This book. And it's already repaid me by reminding me that the path I've chosen -- service, kindness, humor and grace in the pursuit of good work and solutions for my clients -- is the right one for me. I'm looking forward to sharing this book and its elegant lessons with my family and my team. And though it only took an hour to read, I know I'll return when I need an insightful reminder that grace, service and artful solutions make up the path I want to take in work and life.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Vague, wishy-washy, yet faintly insightful July 9, 2012
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I really cannot believe that some people go out and pay loads of money to read Godin's thoughts. Just go to his blog for a sample of his work. It's short, open-ended, very vague and generalistic. I think the man has some good intuitions, but I think he could put a little more effort into his books.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 17 days ago by graciela pepe
5.0 out of 5 stars graceful gives the encouragement you need to be graceful
Excellent! A must read for everyone who wants to be brave enough to live in a spirit of abundance, to live being graceful.
Published 2 months ago by Mike Mullenix
5.0 out of 5 stars great
I really enjoyed this quick read. You can always expect great words from Seth Godin. I would recommend it to anyone.
Published 3 months ago by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars graceful is grace-filled!
Loved this & needed it. Thankful for the challenge and inspired to go out and make something happen today! Yay!
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting. impactful.
Sorta. It was not new news or old opinions but rather a nice reminder of what's important. Right Now. Now how?
Published 5 months ago by Grace Boone
4.0 out of 5 stars positive perspective
I like this read. I will work on leading more gracefully. Easy quick and positive read. Worth your time. I will read it again.
Published 7 months ago by Pam
4.0 out of 5 stars My favorite word in a book
Seth as always does a good job getting the reader to pause and self reflect.... this time to explain that we can be the linchpin (the unique we can't live without), by projecting... Read more
Published 7 months ago by KHaidet
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!!!
I needed to read this quick read!!! It has changed my perspective on life. Life is graceful. I have been stuck in a rut for a little while.
Published 7 months ago by Glen Alis
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad
Really not good. I have read Linchpin (which y strongly recommend), but did not enjoy this book. Too short and with no essence , nor clear message.
Published 8 months ago by santiago
5.0 out of 5 stars grace is truth.
Wow the words and thoughts here resonate with what I have been thinking of and reflecting on recently - coincidence? reading this gave me newfound hope and inspiration.
Published 8 months ago by JC Follower
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More About the Author

Seth Godin is the author of eighteen 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. He followed these with The Icarus Deception via Kickstarter, which reached its goal in less than three hours. Joined by Watcha Gonna Do With That Duck and V is for Vulnerable, those books are now widely available. In late 2014, he announced his latest, What To Do When It's Your Turn, sold directly from his website.

In addition to his writing and speaking, Seth was founder and CEO of,. 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.

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