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Seth Godin
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Book Description

April 26 2011
"This is what the future of work (and the world) looks like. Actually, it's already happening around you." -Tony Hsieh, CEO,

In bestsellers such as Purple Cow and Tribes, Seth Godin taught readers how to make remarkable products and spread powerful ideas. But this book is about you-your choices, your future, and your potential to make a huge difference in whatever field you choose.

There used to be two teams in every workplace: management and labor. Now there's a third team, the linchpins. These people figure out what to do when there's no rule book. They delight and challenge their customers and peers. They love their work, pour their best selves into it, and turn each day into a kind of art.

Linchpins are the essential building blocks of great organizations. They may not be famous but they're indispensable. And in today's world, they get the best jobs and the most freedom.

As Godin writes, "Every day I meet people who have so much to give but have been bullied enough or frightened enough to hold it back. It's time to stop complying with the system and draw your own map. You have brilliance in you, your contribution is essential, and the art you create is precious. Only you can do it, and you must."

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Godin's most important book...thus far Jan. 26 2010
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Want To Ensure You Can Always Find Work? 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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1.0 out of 5 stars would have made a great article July 7 2014
By Michele
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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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By J. A. Broad TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Well, Are You Indespensible? April 15 2014
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If not, then you will be replaced by someone who goes the extra mile to be! A Linchpin. Someone who holds it ALL together. Whether it be an employee or a self made person.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read! April 15 2014
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This is an awesome book! I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone :) Very informative and written very well. I love Seth Godin :)
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This book gives an interesting perspective on our current economic structure and does a great job and pointing the reader in many different directions. It promotes independent thinking, tackles how to redefine yourself from a "cog" in the system, and offers insights on how to build something completely separate from what you are now doing.
This book is a great read for anyone feeling stuck or looking for new ideas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seth Godin's Best Aug. 19 2013
This is really a great book with important ideas for anyone in the working world. It is a short read. Perfect for new graduates.
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