I am a middle aged male who thinks radio is bubble gum for the brain, so I listen to books in the car. At least one a month.
If it would get to the point and help you to see the path to becoming a Linchpin would help. It talks in general observations about the world and repeats itself.
He beat around the message and never really gives it to you.
Get a pro to read it.
Could be so much better and so much shorter.
The book carries an important message; be someone that is remarkable, be a linchpin. They bring the "emotional labor" to their work. These people are scarce; hence indispensable. Godin too advises us give to others with no expectation, that gesture and act of unconditional generosity changes everything, creating abundance in our lives (again not a new message, same message been highlighted by different gurus the like of Eckhart Tolle, Tony Robbins).
Seth gives good, common sense advice especially for those in this though economy! Don't be an average Joe, be a Linchpin!
I will continue to seek Seth Godin's work, but be more careful to the content proposed.
I'm a big fan of Seth Godin, but I have to warn you that this book is NOT about marketing as we are used to by him. It is more about the 9-5 shift worker who would like to be noticed at work.
Now that you know that, this book might still be for you.
Also know that I have not finished the book so maybe there's more to it.
This is an excellent book. I have read many other reviews stating that the book does not tell you how to be a 'linchpin' - however, that is the point of the book. It explains clearly why and what a linchpin is - it is up to the reader to use their creative mind to interpret what it means to them. Being told how to be a 'linchpin' defeats exactly what the point of the book is - self creativity.
The book is inspiring and makes me feel a whole lot better about what can be achieved. I have a corporate job with limited room for creativity within the role; however after reading this book, I now see how I can be creative outside my role and become indispensable within this organisation or the next.
At times it can be detailed, which can be challenging to stay focused – it would have been made easier should the story flow a little easier. However don’t let this deter you from buying this book.
Linchpin was a good book. For me it seems to be a good mix between a business strategy book, a positive psychology book, and a self-help book. I rank this highly as a book that can remind us of where and how to find our place in society and give value to our community and loved ones. Although, like many other reviewers have noted, it doesn't tell us exactly how to be a linchpin, it does provide a useful compass for which direction to go to become one.
In today's rat-race, we definitely need to be reminded about how we can find value in what we do, and how and why we should be doing things we love and that are valuable to others. It's just too easy to get complacent or lose focus, even though there are so many people out there competing for the same things you want and may be working harder or smarter to get it.
Thank you, Seth Godin, for reminding us that know matter what we do we can bring art, creativity, passion and love to our work. It's not just about being indispensable for someone else; it's about being indispensable for ourselves. I finished the book feeling like I became a better human being just for listening.
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.