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Linchpin Audiobook

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

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There used to be two teams in every workplace: management and labor. Now there’s a third team, the linchpins. These people invent, lead (regardless of title), connect others, make things happen, and create order out of chaos. They figure out what to do when there’s no rule book. They delight and challenge their customers and peers. They love their work, pour their best selves into it, and turn each day into a kind of art.

Linchpins are the essential building blocks of great organizations. Like the small piece of hardware that keeps a wheel from falling off its axle, they may not be famous but they’re indispensable. And in today’s world, they get the best jobs and the most freedom. Have you ever found a shortcut that others missed? Seen a new way to resolve a conflict? Made a connection with someone others couldn’t reach? Even once? Then you have what it takes to become indispensable, by overcoming the resistance that holds people back.

As Godin writes, “Every day I meet people who have so much to give but have been bullied enough or frightened enough to hold it back. It’s time to stop complying with the system and draw your own map. You have brilliance in you, your contribution is essential, and the art you create is precious. Only you can do it, and you must.”

©2010 Seth Godin (P)2010 Random House

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    Marcio 06-24-16
    Marcio 06-24-16
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    "another good title by Seth Godin"

    As self-improvement titles go this one is quite enjoyable. Seth is a great narrator and gets your attention.

    What he tells you is not anything you haven't heard before even from him. But the message is there and if it speaks to you it might make you get out of your seat and change your life. But if you are just another audiobook junky it will at least provide you with some listening pleasure as you start to look for something else which just might help get off your lazy/fearful @#$%.

    I would say go ahead listen to it. enjoy it but do something about. Cheers!

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    Dan Toma 06-17-16
    Dan Toma 06-17-16
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    "Absolutely useless"

    Don't loose your time. This book an chaotic mess.
    All old inspirational stuff with zero value. Very disappointed.

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    BO 05-25-16
    BO 05-25-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Inspiring"

    a great book for anyone looking to become more valuable. Seth presents a new way of looking at your job and gives evidence driven views on the future of employment.

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    D 05-25-16
    D 05-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Put in action, this book will change your future."

    loved it!!!! Seth Godin is acutely aware of what makes people linchpins in their space. This is one of those books that you will read 3 times right off, and never look at life the same way again.
    Hits heavy on how value is created and how to be indispensable at creating your art in whatever space that might be.
    This book is perfect, beautiful art. It contains a gift of incredible value that will change the recipient. Thank you Seth. I cannot imagine life as I used to view it. DO YOUR ART.....TODAY!!!!!

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    Tristan B. 05-18-16
    Tristan B. 05-18-16 Member Since 2017
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    "I need to listen to this book again"

    The ideas and motivational kicks come thick and fast in this great book. I need to listen again to really get the most out of what Seth has to say.

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    Stuart 05-17-16
    Stuart 05-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Crucial read."

    This would be a great graduation gift or for anyone trying to figure out why their life is stuck at mediocre.

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    Eric J USA...mostly 05-10-16
    Eric J USA...mostly 05-10-16 Member Since 2013
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    "one of Seth's best books"

    Whether you have a business, a salaried professional and most especially an hourly wage worker, this book is essential reading. Like most of his books, Linchpin is 6-10 years ahead of its time. Businesses and customers still have an industrial view of the world. At the moment the 'cog' is still king. But people are wising up; Linchpin will be as commonplace a term as 'viral marketing' or 'meme.'

    Seth please let me know when you write a book on the lottery!!!

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    Joshua Albuquerque, NM 04-29-16
    Joshua Albuquerque, NM 04-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great reading so far"

    so I finished this book my FIRST Seth Godin experience and yes it did resonate with me personally I'm a waiter so this is like gems in my pocket. Gold in your mine so to speak just mind it's wisdom cause it's very unconventional since Seth Godin really be labors the point home. This book is about GIVING your unique gift and making art instead of just showing up to work like a cog in the machine. Be the linchpin alright be big, brash, bold; be Indispensable! Giving is where it's at alright Giving is the Linchpins bread and butter so be open to this books powerful message that is seriously going to be returned to very quickly and reviewed often a I possibly can. without further ado I give you Linchpin :)

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    Sylvain 04-27-16
    Sylvain 04-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book"

    Really makes you think about what you're doing with your time at work and in life.

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    andrea e schmidt 04-22-16
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    "I wish I read this book before going to college"
    What did you love best about Linchpin?

    Seth is totally on point about how our education system is designed around mediocrity. He does a good job of clearly outlining how to escape the bad training we all received in school and learn how to embrace individuality and unique contributions of talent that will make us lynchpins instead of cogs.


    Would you recommend Linchpin to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, because many of my friends are overeducated cogs.


    Which character – as performed by Seth Godin – was your favorite?

    Seth Godin


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Its over 6 hours long so taking it piece by piece is better. I think material like this needs to be reinforced over time and not consumed in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I learned about this book through Alex Ikonn and Tim Ferriss. Thanks guys!

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