We post a help wanted ad and look for experience, famous colleges, and a history of avoiding failure.
We invest in companies based on how they did last quarter, not on what they’re going to do tomorrow.
So why are we surprised when it all falls apart?
Our economy is not
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Half way through the book, I had decided that this book merits only a one sentence review: Seth Godin, surprisingly, turns out to be Mr. Obvious.
After finishing the book, I have realized that this would not be fair. I particularly liked the section on Intellectual Integrity and Seth’s point that anyone not putting his ideas into the world is actually stealing them from the world and should be treated as such. Yes, every section in the book is repetitive and makes the same exhortation again an a
Hey look, I started a negative review! Look at me poking the box! In fact let me take even more initiative and tell you in one sentence what he wrings torturously into a ‘book’: successful people are the ones that aren’t afraid to try something new and fail, repeatedly, so you should get off your ass and take initiative in all aspects of your life.
While I don’t disagree with his thesis, Godin’s book is dreadful to read. It’s not a lengthy book by any stripe, but still ends up being way too long
It’s difficult to argue with Seth Godin’s logic. He is incredibly quotable, yet when you read him you have the nagging impression that he isn’t saying anything you don’t already know. This seems truer in this short, quick read than in any of his other books.
I don’t think he would argue the point. In fact in Poke the Box, he basically says that very thing when encouraging the reader to do what you see needs to be done. We shouldn’t have to say it. But if everyone knows it, then why aren’t they do