I'm sure that I'll listen to this several more times. There is a lot in this one book and it is Art. That's the first time I've thought that about a book.
If I didn't have to read this book for class I would not have finished it. This was one of the most in your face, "you suck and can only get better if you do this" books. The author is very condescending. I'll never read another of his books.
The book was not a waste of time. There are solid lessons in here for people like me: early in their career, want to work hard, be genuinely liked, and advance for the right reasons. But Godin spent so much time repeating himself... For every chapter of thought-provoking content, there were two chapters spent on really making sure the reader/listener understands the importance of the subject. The problem is when you highlight everything, nothing is highlighted. Listened to the entire thing in a weekend. would recommend this in smaller chunks, for a commute probably, so the content doesn't seem as repetitive.
I really loved that it was open to anyone. It is not the kind of self serving book where the author just says he succeeded, how, and leaves you wondering if you could achieved similar success. It just hints at what you can do to improve your own person and, by improving yourself, improving your life. It is really better this way for me.
I don't know if I'd be right to say this, but I do think that everyone has their own talent, their own strenght and this book made me realize that even if we're full of weaknesses, we can succeed. Not necessarily by becoming rich, but by being just successful at being ourselves. So thanks to the author, and I hope this book can help a lot of other people seeing what's great in themselves and using it to be better persons.
This was waaaay too long winded. Asking the same questions in different ways and rehashing the same points over and over and over and over again.
To Seth Godin's credit, I do like what the book was about: become an artist in your field and give your art being as truthful to yourself as you can be. But you don't need four hours to say it.
Also, the writer urges the reader/listener to stay to the end, for all will be revealed, I.e. you will be told how to 'become' a lynchpin.... but that promise is broken and filled with more suggestion and statements of why it is so important to become one. Very fluffy and no real substance. I finished the book feeling a little underwhelmed.
Read this book... You may wish you didn't ... because you will no longer be comfortable in your status quo... unable not to work to become the artist you were created to be... you will likely be inspired to step out and become remarkable... then what?
Seth Godin has an ability to communicates a topic I never understood before: being linch pin. He reveals the system that has "trained out" our desire or interest in doing difficult and hard-to-measures tasks. Seth challenges us to quit wasting our time and blaming others for our lack of success and start being remarkable.
I've listened to this book three times and I'm sure I'll listen to it again.
I liked the book but it is too long for the introducing one idea. It can be reduced to half. I really like the lizard brain concept. I guess I will try to apply one trick I learned from the book and see if it fits in our culture or not.