One of the ways that I can bring value to my reading audience is by exposing them to great information and resources when I come across them. I just finished the book Linchpin by Seth Godin, and I wish that I had this information much earlier in my life. This is one of those books that will benefit teens and their parents alike, and you can buy Linchpin through my Amazon affiliate link at no additional charge to you. I’ll give you a little background on Seth, the top 8 ideas that you need to hear today, and links to additional resources.
Seth Godin has one of the longest-running blogs on the internet. He has been posting faithfully and regularly since January 20o2. To put that in perspective, this is long before Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or iPhones existed. You won’t find Seth’s follower information on his blog, but it’s safe to say that he reaches hundreds of thousands of readers each month. Godin doesn’t need statistics because he regularly publishes invaluable content that inspires others to read. He is an artist.
According to Godin’s website, Linchpin is the book that brings all of his ideas together. In the next few points, I’ll give you some excerpts from the book that spoke to me the loudest, and need to be heard by your teen. I believe this is the best manner for me to convince you why I think you need this book.
- Linchpins make up the third category of teams in the workplace, along with management and labor. Linchpins are indispensable. The invent, lead (regardless of title), connect others, make things happen, and create order our of chaos. (inside cover)
- We are not born to be cogs in the machine, yet that’s what many of us settle for by how we were trained. Cogs perform a job. (p. 6)
- We are all born artists. Artists inspire and change others. Artists create gifts, not commodities. (p. 32)
- The job what you do when you are told what to do, following instructions and adhering to the rules. Your art is doing what you do when nobody can describe what needs to be done next. It is taking personal responsibility, challenging the status quo, and changing people. Those who are willing do the work (the art), which is much different from doing the job, are linchpins. (p. 97)
- The resistance is what keeps us from doing our best work, taking a chance, unleashing the artist. And much of the resistance comes from our own brains as it operates in survival mode. (p. 110)
- True leaders are linchpins; they forge a path and discover a route to a destination not yet visited. They show others the way to get there. (p. 174)
- Linchpins exert emotional labor and they make a map. (p. 218)
- Linchpins persist, they do the work, they create the art, and they ship. (p. 235)
Rediscover the artist in you. Change the world. Ship something remarkable. Get this book and read it, and share it with your teenager. It just might change the trajectory of their life, and yours as well.
Application Question – What if your son or daughter can find their genius, their true artistry, and deliver that to the world? How might their life differ from yours? How can you overcome the resistance and find your true art?
In addition to the book and the video above, here are a couple of additional Linchpin resources that you might like.
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