This book is like a series of greeting cards, all with the same message - "Don't be a mediocre rule follower, be an artist, be extraordinary." There's very little evidence to support the idea that one can simply decide to be extraordinary and pull it off. No biographical stories. Nothing. Just greeting card platitudes.
A great book that challenges conventional wisdom. A must-read for anyone who feels like they have reached a dead end in their career or life in general.
This book is not for everyone and in a way that’s what Seth is getting at. Not everyone will like a piece of artwork, not everyone will “get it” but that shouldn’t stop you from creating great art. He uses the word “art’ to mean everything you can’t write an instruction manual. It’s about seeking to be great at whatever you do (oversimplification) so in that sense this book can be for everyone. It is helpful to understand his style beforehand. Read his blog first. Don’t expect a “how to” manual from this book because you will be disappointed. A big thesis of the book is that if you want to stand out you need to stop following “how to” manuals for creating art as he defines it.
If you like Seth’s other stuff you will probably like this. If you love Seth’s other stuff then you defiantly won’t be disappointed.
This book pumps you up. It comes at you in a preaching/ pleading tone that is enjoyable in parts but also felt long due to the repetition. One of the concepts I liked was not looking for a road map to become exceptional. While I am not sure there was anything new in this book it does make you feel like you can and should make a difference wherever you are.
I would recommend this to anyone open to honestly evaluating their work life/ career or what they're offering the world. Mr. Godin is a cutting edge thinker, and sharpening your saw by listening and pondering his take on things. I would say I couldn't put it down, but that's the wrong metaphor...I couldn't stop listening and can't wait to listen again. This is my first Seth Godin book, so please I'm not a groupie....well, not yet!
If you don't think you can, or are scared to try, this is for you. If this does not describe you, don't waste your time with it.
This book is fantastic at outlining WHAT needs to be done in order to be a Linchpin. However, it does not tell you HOW. That is why there are some reviewers who will not like this book. Seth even addresses this type of thinking in this book by stating the fact that a map for implementation/leadership does not exist because if it did, then anyone could do it and it would cease to be a true work of art. A Linchpin is able to see WHAT needs to be done and makes their own map as to HOW to get it done and shipped.
If you want a step-by-step book of what it takes to be incredible, this is not your book and I would be highly suspect of any book that claims that it can contain a template for original creative greatness.
I gave Seth another chance after the disappointing Tribes, but I couldn't drag myself to the end -- or even the middle -- of Linchpin. And that's rare for this avid consumer of 40-or-so Audible books a year. Classic case of an author who develops some good ideas in blogposts and then thinks they'll automatically translate to book form. Episodic, random, repetitive, and lacking cohesion and a little thing called evidence to support his controversial pronouncements. Seth needs a good editor, but I somehow suspect he feels he's arrived at the point where he doesn't have to listen to merely skillful "non-linchpins" anymore.