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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Trade (April 26 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591844096
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591844099
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For anyone who feels trapped in a labyrinth of tradition, this book is compass, map and sledgehammer BUSINESS DESTINATIONS, February 10

About the Author

Seth Godin is an entrepreneur, a sought-after lecturer, a monthly columnist for Fast Company, and an all-around business gadfly. He’s the bestselling author of Permission Marketing, Unleashing the Ideavirus, The Big Red Fez, Survival Is Not Enough, and Purple Cow.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Jan. 26 2010
Format: Hardcover
Others have their own reasons for praising this book. Here are five of mine. First, this is by far Godin's most personal book in which he reveals more of his emotions and "soul" (for lack of a better term) than he has in any of his previous books. Also, from the beginning, he establishes a direct and personal rapport with his reader. I felt that he had written this book specifically for me. Although he and I have never met, I felt as if he were speaking to me and discussing ideas with me as if we were engaged in a face-to-face conversation.

Moreover, unlike in most of his previous books, Godin does not climb up into a pulpit and launch a tirade, engaging his audience with a confrontational tone and Old Testament vehemence. He obviously cares deeply about the thoughts and feelings he shares but is at all times respectful of his reader. He repeatedly explains that everyone has several choices and urges his reader to make those only choices that are in her or his long-term best interest.

In addition, meanwhile, Godin creates a multi-dimensional context, a frame-of-reference, in which to anchor his insights and recommendations throughout the narrative. He skillfully uses what I describe as a bi-polar strategy: passively but alertly observing what is happening (and not happening) in order to recognize and understand the ever-changing realities of the world that we share and then actively challenging whatever demeans and diminishes anyone's dignity. Finally, Godin utilizes the manifesto genre as a means by which to celebrate humanity at its best, not as an ideal beyond human fulfillment but as an attainable destination if (HUGE "if") vision, faith, courage, integrity, and commitment are sufficient to the formidable challenges that await each pilgrim.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keir Overton on Sept. 25 2013
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Read this book. A college or university education isn't enough anymore in the new economy. You need to stand out, be indispensable. This book breaks it down.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on March 25 2010
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"I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work." -- John 9:4 (NKJV)

Seth Godin painstakingly explains in Linchpin how the world of work has shifted so that "just doing your job" is a recipe for being dead while you still live . . . and having lots of job insecurity. His solution is for you to care about the results of your work, to reach out to others with your genuine emotions, and to innovate in ways that create something others appreciate . . . whether or not it has immediate economic value. Basically, he's suggesting you become a human being rather than a cog in a bureaucracy or complex process. He calls this being an artist.

I found this aspect of the book to be its main strength: A lot of people don't realize that they need to be innovating in ways that delight other people . . . rather than just pretending they are still in high school and trying to get along by fitting in.

I dislike mechanical metaphors as a way to encourage people to be less machine-like. Linchpin as a metaphor didn't work that well for me. His point is that since everyone else is just going through the motions of following orders, your humanity in seeking to make things better will make you indispensable. It's nice to think that's true, but the book doesn't contain any evidence beyond some anecdotes . . . many of which are about people I've never heard of or read about.

The writing style suggests that a lot of the book is mostly a cut-and-paste job from blogs. If that's the kind of choppy writing that appeals to you, you'll like this book better than I did. I thought it could have used a good editor. Why? You have to read a long time before he gets around to defining a lot of his concepts.
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he has one idea, it would have made a great article, but it is not worked through enough to be a book. It needs a serious editor. It repeats and repeats and repeats the same information, there is no real research.

no worth the money, just get a used copy, or a 0.99$ ebook copy.
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I've had this book for awhile but I've read so many other Seth Godin books I didn't feel like reading this one until recently ... I should have read it sooner. This is a very inspiring and practical book for employees and entrepreneurs. If you want a raise, you want to grow your business or you want to have a greater impact on others - this book is for you.

He talks about the hierarchy of value. It's very thought provoking for you to consider where you fall in that and what you can do to make sure you're always moving up in the hierarchy because the work gets easier and the pay gets higher (the financial and emotional rewards of what you'll do).

And it was an excellent reminder to SHIP. Picasso painted many paintings ... you can probably only name 3. Picasso shipped.
The habit of producing to ship is huge. More than anything else it leads to success. It's easy to scare yourself out of shipping because you're not ready though. Saturday Night Live goes on each week whether they are ready or not. This section of the book was excellent for anyone that has taken their foot off the gas pedal in their job. He also explores the reasons we do this (fear!) and why it's happening.

Yesterday's remarkable is today's really good and tomorrow's mediocre.
No good ideas? Ok tell me your bad ones. You don't need more genius. You need less resistance.
You can't fit in AND stand out.
There were lots of great nuggets in this book.

If you've never read anything from Seth Godin this is a GREAT place to start. If it was my first time reading his books I probably would have given it a 5 but because I've read so many others by him (The Dip is probably my favourite) his message was very similar and therefore has a slightly reduced impact for me.
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