Review: Linchpin by Seth Godin

Down and Dirty: 5 out of 5

A compelling, frightening and powerful message of individual power and potential.

I’ve listened to this book three times now, and I might be able to tell you about half of the amazing concepts and compelling arguments in Seth’s book, Lynchpin.  I’m not entirely sure why but every time I get overwhelmed with his message: You Are a Genius.  (And if you just disagreed with me a little bit there, then you should DOUBLY read this book).

Godin argues that the world is changing and what the world needs is no longer the industrial ages’  ‘sit down, shut up and do the work well’ mentality.  This is no time for dumb tools, he says.  I agree.  There will probably always be a place for them, but what this book is really arguing is that YOU don’t have to be one of them.  Anyone, with any talent, has a genius and an ‘art’ to gift to the world.

This may sound like a lot of fluff and idealism. I certainly felt that way at first.  However I don’t have the words or the time to explain Godin’s full explanation.  Suffice to say, if you’re discounting this book before you even read it I will give you one challenge:

You are doing it because you are afraid.

Afraid of ‘wasting your time’? Afraid of having your ideas challenged? Even in books I have hated, I have learned something of use. No, I and Godin would argue you’re most afraid of what will happen if this book proves to be right.  Because that would mean that you can be so much more than you are.  And that is truly frightening.

It’s ok if you’re scared. This book still scares me. Its ideas still send me into spirals of self-doubt and ‘well it won’t work for me’ down talking.  However, try this book. Every time I read it, I’m reminded of how powerful a path this book can point me down and it helps realign me in a more positive, productive path.

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