Linchpin by Seth Godin

Linchpin by Seth Godin is a unique, thought-provoking work that sheds light on the qualities of an individual that modern society seeks out, as well as desperately needs.

The main points that you will take away from this book are:

  • Modern day success means being an indispensable artist, a linchpin
  • Artists find new answers, connections, or methods of getting things done
  • The days of working in a factory or cubicle as a number are over
  • People who look to ¨do what they’re told¨ are no longer valuable
  • The only way to get what you’re worth is to stand out, contribute emotional labour, and be perceived as indispensable
  • How to make your job a platform for giving and the expression of art
  • What ¨art¨ is
  • The powerful culture of gifts
  • The internet as a gift system
  • What it takes to be a leader
  • Modern day transactions involve buying relationships, stories, and magic, not products
  • The 7 abilities of a linchpin

Is This Book For You?

This book is for those who are genuinely interested in contributing value to society, and in becoming a leader.

If you are not interested in how you can make a difference, I don’t think you will buy into this book, and thus you will not gain anything out of it.

This book will also give you a very clear picture of how you as individual can excel in your chosen field, and in the world as a whole.

It paints an easy-to-understand picture of the current trends in regards to labor in our society, and the truth about what people actually want.

Seth argues that ultimately, people want art. And the best way to really make an impact, is to produce art.

Art is not limited to drawing or painting. Art can be produced in any line of work, at any moment. Ultimately, art is ¨a personal gift that changes the recipient.¨

In Linchpin, Seth provides many unconventional examples of what true art is.

If you are not producing art, you are not creating a genuine connection with anyone, and your work is more or less a waste, and it is replaceable.

The key to being an indispensable linchpin, is to be involved with generating art and then sharing it with others, regardless of your position in the workplace.

My Conclusion

I give this book a 9/10. It was a very good read. I would also like to note that Seth wrote this book in a very unique format.

He wrote it as if it were a blog. Every chapter was broken up into what seemed like a series of blog posts, each demarcated with a compelling, clever, or shocking headline.

I thought it was a really neat way to write a book, and given the reality of our increasingly shortened attention spans, it strongly embodies the nature of our times.

This book is a heavy read. It is quite dense with information, new theories, and strong opinions about the way our world is. Despite Seth’s distinct layout for this book, it’s the kind of book that you need to hunker down and shut out the world with.

Despite this, Linchpin is very much worth the effort and attention. Personally, all of Seth’s ideas gave me a whole lot of clarity about how one can approach success in today’s times.

I always had an inkling that the things were drastically changing, and that the conventional ¨path to success¨ of graduating high school, getting a college degree, and then landing a mediocre job that did not truly challenge you was fading away.

This book really confirmed that notion for me, and it also thoroughly answered the question, ¨what is taking the new system’s place?¨

Oh yes, something is taking its place. In my opinion, it is much more exciting, fulfilling, and in line with our well-being as individuals.

This is an excellent work and I definitely recommend it.







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