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Poke the Box: When Was the Last Time You Did Something for the First Time? Hardcover – September 15, 2015
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"SETH GODIN MAY BE THE ULTIMATE ENTREPRENEUR FOR THE INFORMATION AGE."
"IT’S EASY TO SEE WHY PEOPLE PAY TO HEAR WHAT HE HAS TO SAY."
—Annie Duke, world poker champion, author, and talk show host
—Sarah Jones, playwright
—Jill Greenberg, photographer, manipulator.org
About the Author
SETH GODIN is the author of eighteen international bestsellers—including Purple Cow and Tribes—that have changed the way people think about marketing, leadership, change, and the way ideas spread. He founded Yoyodyne and Squidoo, is a successful (and unsuccessful) entrepreneur, and is a very popular lecturer. He publishes inspiration daily on his blog, consistently ranked as one of the one hundred most popular in the world.
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Easy to read (and recommend to others)
Great, quotable statements throughout
One of the better books I've read on "getting started"
On the simple side
Basically one idea repeated in 100 ways, albeit interesting ways
Starting is only half the battle in my experience
It's really a good read and you can't beat the price. Pick up a copy and you may find out that you have been stuck at square one for awhile. The quote below is one of the best in the book, and summarizes the thrust of the entire book.
"What's the disctinction between carrying around a great idea, being a brainstormer, tinkering-and starting something?
Starting means you're going to finish. If it doesn't ship, you've failed. You haven't poked the box if the box doesn't realize it's been poked.
To merely start without finishing is just boasting, or stalling, or a waste of time. I have no patience at all for people who believe they are doing their best work but are hiding it from the market. If you don't ship, you actually haven't started anything at all. At some point, your work has to inetersect with the market. At some point, you need feedback as to whether or not it worked. otherwise, it's merely a hobby" (45,46).
* Good, "eloquent rant" style.
* Explores a number of angles about the core subject.
* Neither overly long or short - just right to get you going.
* Occasionally repetitive.
* Doesn't provide a blueprint - just the push.
SUMMARY: Godin at his best, provoking you to think and take initiative. A definite must-read.
I have mixed feelings about Seth Godin's writing. He's witty, imaginative, and often very eloquent-he's an idea man, and boy does he have ideas. Sometimes sadly his ideas stay very abstract; he seems to rely more on hoping his ideas inspire people giving blueprints to follow.
With "Poke The Box," he's hit the sweet spot of ranting and inspiring that is him at his best. This is a good book.
"Poke The Box" is an extended rant/speculation/pep talk about the need for initiative. It sounds simple (it sounds like something you can't even talk about for an entire book), but there's actually a lot to talk about, and Godin does so in very fine form.
His basic point, which doesn't do the book justice, is that we lack initiative in many parts of our lives, especially in the areas of business and entrepreneurship. We're afraid, were bashful, were not taught to take initiative, so we don't do it. This ends up with us being dissatisfied, unhappy, and unsuccessful.
Godin points out that not only are we trapped in this pathological state, it's bad for economy and even our culture. Initiative is necessary, important, and grows more so by the year. Innovation is important, and it's nothing without the initiative to make it happen.
Needless to say, I can't exactly explain the book in this review - it has to be read - but you get the idea. Godin wants to inspire you to take initiative in your business plans and career and job. He wants you to "Poke The Box" (named after a toy a relative made to provoke a baby's curiosity).
Throughout this book, Godin takes you on a tour of fears, inspires you, and prods you to essentially Get Off Your Ass and Try Something. That's his entire goal, and it takes a book to do since he tries several perspectives, several prods, and explores various issues. Though at times the book is a bit repetitive, he does cover a lot of ground and there's probably something in here to get you moving.
So I'm going to put it simply - by this book. There's a Kindle version for about $4.99 which you can read online or on your phone or something if you don't have a Kindle - it's not a long book. If you think you'll reread this or you're a Godin fan, go buy the softcover and enjoy.
It's a good rallying cry. Strongly recommended
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An electric reminder - in large part to those in corporate business - and to a lesser extent, life business - such as relationships - to quit stalling.Read more