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Graceful by [Godin, Seth]
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  • File Size: 165 KB
  • Print Length: 45 pages
  • Publisher: New Word City, Inc. (October 13, 2010)
  • Publication Date: October 13, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047ZFFEA
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 and living the traits of grace. While his ideas aren't pioneering, his way of explaining it is.
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I thought this book was incredibly eloquent and uplifting. I found it as much as spiritual treatise as a work about business models. I am a huge fan of Rob Brezsny's Pronoia, and this book reminded me a lot of Rob's graceful teachings. Seth says grace is rare and thus in high demand. And then goes on to say grace is easier to accomplish when coming from a mindset of abundance rather than fear and scarcity. He talks about how this is the antithesis of the industrialized business model which strove for cheaper, faster replications of the past products, a race to the bottom so to speak, and then says it is better for everyone if we instead race to the top, sharing ideas, building on one anothers' achievements and coming from a place of sharing, due to abundance, rather than the competitive, mean-spirited & fear-based business models of old. What is so wonderful about this book is it encapsulates a new way of thinking, which is encouraging. When I read Seth's words about this sharing-based abundance in business, I was reminded of the Grateful Dead and how they had a "taper's section" where fans could tape record their live shows, then distribute them freely amongst themselves. The Dead did not try to control that taping or those tapes and in the end, they were one of the most highly paid bands in the world so their giving away, from an abundance mentality, most certainly paid off for them. I want to spend a bit of time looking for more models of how sharing from an abundance mentality can pay off in the long run. I certainly prefer working from a positive sharing mode, than a competitive, fear-based limitation mode.Read more ›
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