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Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
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on March 26, 2015
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Seth's message helps to eliminate any doubts that you might have of the importance of your art and why you MUST ship it.
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on March 25, 2015
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on March 22, 2015
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Seth does a great job of describing how today's employee needs to reject the standard corporate and systematic ways of working in favor of creating invaluable "art", despite how we were trained through our schooling as children. This book is great for anyone feeling unappreciated, under-achieving, or just frustrated at work. The messages are unfortunately presented as a series of choppy sub-chapters that broke up the overall storyline. If you read seth's blog, it seems organized like a long series of blog posts. That being said, I strongly recommend persevering through, as you will hit an epiphany around 2/3 the way through that is very motivating.
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on March 17, 2015
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This was for work of course.
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on March 5, 2015
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Godin is a truly awful author. All of his books could be condensed 95% & be improved by the process, I decided to give him one last chance with this read. The message here is modern goods & services don't matter anymore, everyone just wants to feel like they're getting something unique & magical, something that makes them feel deeply connected & amazing.

Maybe he's right on some level, after all he's had success as an author despite having no skills at writing, by repeating his mantra over & over which I suppose, makes a certain type of person feel special.

The problem is, he's wrong for most people. By definition most people are not going to be special, if everyone was special, no one would be. Most folks are happy to follow the script, not everyone is some genius who's gonna change the way everyone does everything (leaving the grunt work which Godin puts beneath the smartys reading his book, much to their delight most likely). Early on he uses an example of Trader Joe's as a modern organization that gives people unique meaning/experience rather than predictable products. Which is strange because Trader Joe's is all about cutting costs, delivering predictable & cheap products. Maybe many people goto Whole Foods to feel part of a special tribe. People goto Trader Joe's to save money on healthy food instead of spending twice at much at Whole Foods. Maybe someone, somewhere goes to Trader Joe's because of their steampunk art & Hawaiian shirts, I've never met them though.

This type of book is a counterpoint to everyone who's ever told you to follow the rules & fit within the current system. I can understand why everyone wants to get up & yell "Screw that!" but has there ever been a time in history where more than 5-10% of the population were artists? Were folks without clear employment guidelines? Who could do whatever the hell they wanted because they were just that special?

Maybe I'm just jaded but the real world isn't like Godin's vision & frankly, I wouldn't want it to be. Where design & 'connection' (manipulating people's emotions) trumps over price & usability.
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on March 5, 2015
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Excellent! This is an inspiring book - again I read it a couple of years ago now - but thinking I should (and will) read it again.
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on March 2, 2015
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This was a comical, yet resourceful book. I would recommend the book for the new as well as seasoned entrepreneur. Godwin's use of interrogation allows the reader to think and rethink about the importance of having a positive mindset for business, This was the first book I read by Seth Godwin and I am pleased with the information.
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on March 2, 2015
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Too repetitive and certainly nothing groundbreaking. I've read plenty of books in the self-improvement genre, a lot of which I can read from cover to cover with ease. With "LinchPin," I'm sorry to say, my eyes glazed over by page 80. Also, the book was too repetitive and certainly nothing groundbreaking. Oh, and did I mention? The book was too repetitive and certainly nothing groundbreaking.

EDIT: I'm changing my review from 1 stars to 3. I mustered up enough courage to finish reading the remainder of the book. After you get beyond the repetitive nature of the first 100 pages, it starts to become a bit less painful and somewhat motivating.
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on February 21, 2015
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There are some good snippets in this book and I am looking at a few things from another perspective but it doesn't flow very well from one idea to the next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I read this book in three days. (Taking time out for meals, of course.) I was blown away to say the least. Godin is a feakin' genius. Not only does he present his revolutionary ideas on working and thriving in a new economy, but he writes them in a way that makes you think HARD about the principles and forces at work. This text isn't for the faint of heart. or someone looking for a marketing gurus map to millions. It is a revelation a mandate...A new way of conducting commerce that I hope many will embrace. It's also an opening of your eyes so you can stand back and look at yourself in a new light; Linchpin almost crosses the borders of the metaphysical.

Some of this stuff is quite painful. The chapter on "The Resistance" is the one that hit me the hardest. It pretty much revealed the forces at work inside your own head that keep you from doing your art.(Godin's term for doing work that changes OTHER people.) The more I read it the more I realized the internal dialogue going through my own head. And as I tried to digest and think about what the man was saying I realized (revelation) that Godin as a real artist, was changing me and my way of thinking. By golly-gosh, there it was in my face - proof that he was right!

Honestly, I've read several of his other books and just didn't get it. Perhaps I was looking for just another one of those guru treasure maps that I was so fond of. I Guess I'm going to have to pull his books off the shelf and reread them, because my perspective has definitely changed by this. Not many books have done that for me.

I wonder if he has some weird training camp in Sedona, Arizona? Maybe I could go there and become a GODINITE!
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