Book Review: Linchpin

I thoroughly enjoyed Seth Godin’s newest book, Linchpin. It spoke about the subject that has most interested me that he has only gave hints to in his other best selling books I have read (ie Purple Cow, Big Red Fez, Tribes, The Dip, Unleashing the Idea Virus, and Permission Marketing). I have been waiting for him to write a book that talks about the type of person it takes to put these ideas into action. This is the book where he explains who will lead in the new market.

Seth states his goal for the book, “All I wanted to do in this book was sell you on being the artist you already are. To make a difference. To stand for something. To get the respect and security you deserve.” In this book he calls us to recognize that we all have capabilities as artists, to fight our basic instincts to blend in and go with the flow, and to give gifts.

Seth Godin, as far as I know, is not a believer. I so wish he would become one. For the obvious reason of giving the glory that is due unto His (God) name. Also, because I think he is missing a complete understanding of what drives us to be creative and to express ourselves in gifts.

I so desire to be “indispensable” as Seth Godin puts it. However, I do not want to do this for my sake or even to leave a legacy. The type of indispensability that Dorcas found in the book of Acts is what will should all strive for. She took her talents and abilities and poured herself into it. She gave and her “labor of love” made her seemingly small abilities became huge. She made a tremendous impact not because of what she did – but because of who she served!

Trent Cornwell

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