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.
Since I had not heard much buzz about this relatively new release, I feared that Mr. Godin might have produced an unoriginal rehash of earlier ideas, as so many successful authors ultimately do on the way down.
I was pleasantly surprised to find this book challenged conventional wisdom about work and purpose, provoked fresh thought about today's economic reality, and ultimately reconfirmed Mr. Godin as a bold thinker beyond his marketing prowess.
I must admit that it drags at times and is reminiscent of Tom Peters (Brand You) at other times. All in all, the great nuggets of insight make it worth the time investment.
Awesome !!! I have listened to this recording seven or eight times already. Excellent for getting you fired up to go take on the world.
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
An excellent book if you want to have true job security. If you wondered how you can stand out, how to be indispensable, then this book is a good listen.
Let me be clear, I'm biased. I'm a Seth Godin fan. But I've got to tell you - this is the best audiobook I've listened too. I literally could not stop listening. I tried to find excuses to keep listening - clean the house, do the laundry, iron a shirt...anything that was good to do while I could listen to my MP3. This book blew my mind - every time I thought the theme was just going to repeat he came up with new stuff. I've told at least 10 people about this book and will probably wind up buying a copy for my preacher and my boss at the very least. Nice work bald man.