Godin, Linchpin

Seth Godin is a really inspiring writer for those who have an entrepreneurial spirit, and in this book, Linchpin, he looks at the new way the work world is working and the need for employees to make themselves indispensable and make a meaningful contribution to their employment and to the world.

Godin is a master at connecting short snippets, so I’ll just give a bunch of those below.  His books more inspire the reader to some action steps, which is true in Linchpin especially for me.

  • p.1, “A genius looks at something that others are stuck on and gets the world unstuck…No one is a genius all the time. Einstein had trouble finding his house when he walked home from work every day. But all of us are geniuses sometimes.”
  • p.2, “I couldn’t have written this book ten years ago, because ten years ago, our economy wanted you to fit in, it paid you well to fit in, and it took care of you if you fit in. Now, like it or not, the world wants something different from you. We need to think hard about what reality looks like now.”
  • p.8, “Artists are people with a genius for finding a new answer, a new connection, or a new way of getting things done.”
  • p.25, The Hierarchy of Value: Lift<Hunt<Grow<Produce<Sell<Connect<Create
  • p.47, “Being good at school is a fine skill if you intend to do school forever. For the rest of us, being good at school is a little like being good at Frisbee. It’s nice, but it’s not relevant unless your career involves homework assignments, looking through textbooks for answers that are already known to your supervisors, complying with instructions and then, in high pressure settings, regurgitating those facts with limited processing on your part. Or, in the latter case, if your job involves throwing 165 grams of round plastic as far as you can.”
  • p.47, What They Should Teach in School, “Only two things: 1. Solve interesting problems; 2. Lead.”
  • p.59, On Marrissa Mayer, “She solves problems that people haven’t predicted, sees things people haven’t seen, and connects people who need to be connected.”
  • p.107, “Why do creative ventures threaten our mental health…Why is there writer’s block but no chemical engineering block? Artistry, it seems, always leads to anguish.”
  • p.216, “Wal-Mart wins because it’s cheap and close. Everyone else who wins must do it by being generous.”
  • p.218, “Linchpins do two things for the organization. They exert emotional labor and they make a map.”
  • p.219, “Unique creativity requires domain knowledge, a position of trust, and the generosity to actually contribute.”
  • p.229, “Don’t ask your boss to run interference, cover for you, or take the blame. Instead, create moments where your boss can happily take credit. Once that cycle begins, you can be sure it will continue.”
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