Quotes from Linchpin by Seth Godin

Posted on 2/1/2020, 2:00:04 PM


“The job is what you do when you are told what to do. The job is showing up at the factory, following instructions, meeting spec, and being managed.


Someone can always do your job a little better or faster or cheaper than you can.


The job might be difficult, it might require skill, but it's a job.


Your art is what you do when no one can tell you exactly how to do it. Your art is the act of taking personal responsibility, challenging the status quo, and changing people.


I call the process of doing your art 'the work.' It's possible to have a job and do the work, too. In fact, that's how you become a linchpin.


The job is not the work.”

― Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?


“Art isn't only a painting. Art is anything that's creative, passionate, and personal. And great art resonates with the viewer, not only with the creator.


What makes someone an artist? I don't think is has anything to do with a paintbrush. There are painters who follow the numbers, or paint billboards, or work in a small village in China, painting reproductions. These folks, while swell people, aren't artists. On the other hand, Charlie Chaplin was an artist, beyond a doubt. So is Jonathan Ive, who designed the iPod. You can be an artists who works with oil paints or marble, sure. But there are artists who work with numbers, business models, and customer conversations. Art is about intent and communication, not substances.


An artists is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artists takes it personally.


That's why Bob Dylan is an artist, but an anonymous corporate hack who dreams up Pop 40 hits on the other side of the glass is merely a marketer. That's why Tony Hsieh, founder of Zappos, is an artists, while a boiler room of telemarketers is simply a scam.


Tom Peters, corporate gadfly and writer, is an artists, even though his readers are businesspeople. He's an artists because he takes a stand, he takes the work personally, and he doesn't care if someone disagrees. His art is part of him, and he feels compelled to share it with you because it's important, not because he expects you to pay him for it.


Art is a personal gift that changes the recipient. The medium doesn't matter. The intent does.


Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another.”

― Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?


“The secret to being wrong isn't to avoid being wrong! The secret is being willing to be wrong. The secret is realizing that wrong isn't fatal.”

― Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?


“Here's the truth you have to wrestle with: the reason that art (writing, engaging, leading, all of it) is valuable is precisely why I can't tell you how to do it. If there were a map, there'd be no art, because art is the act of navigating without a map. Don't you hate that? I love that there's no map.”

― Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?


“At the age of four, you were an artist. And at seven, you were a poet.”

― Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?


“Transferring your passion to your job is far easier than finding a job that happens to match your passion.”

― Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?


“If you need to conceal your true nature to get in the door, understand that you'll probably have to conceal your true nature to keep that job.”

― Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?


“Every successful organization has at least one linchpin.” ― Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?


‘The only way to get what you’re worth is to stand out, to exert emotional labor, to be seen as indispensable, and to produce interactions that organizations and people deeply care about.’ ― Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?


‘Leading is a skill, not a gift. You’re not born with it, you learn how…While schools provide outlets for natural-born leaders, they don’t teach it.’  ― Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?



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