Linchpins of the world, unite!

To my professional detriment, I have not really paid that much attention to “business” books. I never really cared who moved my cheese or wanted to break all the rules for that matter.

But recently, a friend told me about Seth Godin. I am ashamed to admit that I was only vaguely familiar with the name. But for the past 12 years, I’ve been sailing the high seas with Patrick O’Brian and exploring dust with Philip Pullman. There has been little time for non-fiction.

Recognizing that I had completely ignored this genre, I decided to start with Seth Godin’s Linchpin. I am now only 62 pages into the book, and I’m wondering where has Seth Godin been all my life. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

  • “Today, the means of production = a laptop computer with Internet connectivity. Three thousand dollars buys a worker an entire factory.”
  • “Today, if all you have to offer is that you know a lot of reference book information, you lose, because the Internet knows more than you do.”
  • “If you seek out critics, bureaucrats, gatekeepers, form-fillers, and by-the-book bosses when your looking for feedback, should you be surprised that you end up doing the things that please them?”

And finally . . .

  • “You can spend your time on stage pleasing the heckler in the back, or you can devote it to the audience that came to hear you perform.”

And this is only the beginning  . . .

2 Responses to “Linchpins of the world, unite!”

  1. Bob Lewis says:

    I love the quotes you put in your blog.

    Takes your thinking to the next level.