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A Q&A with Seth Godin
Question: What does it mean to Poke the Box?
Seth Godin: Conformity used to be crucial–fitting in, not standing out. Compliance used to be the heart of every successful organization, every successful career. The reason? We all worked for the system, in the factory, doing what we were told. Now, though, compliance is no longer a competitive advantage.
Poke the Box is about the spark that brings things to life. We need to be nudged away from conformity and toward ingenuity, toward answering unknown questions for ourselves. Even if we fail, as I have done many times in my life, we learn what not to do by experience and doing the new.
This isn’t the same thing as taking a risk. In fact, the riskiest thing we can do right now is nothing.
I’ve had an extraordinary run, creating a dozen nationwide bestsellers, starting Internet companies and giving speeches around the world. The key thing I bring to the projects I take on is not more talent than most (I don’t) or even more hours than most (hardly). My contribution is a willingness to poke, to start, to lean into the project and to get it out the door.
Question: What will I learn from reading Poke the Box?
Seth Godin: Hopefully you will learn lots but do more. Start thinking about when you’ve taken initiative in a way that really meant something to you and your team, your family. When was the last time you did something for the first time? How did it feel?
There are no step-by-step how-to instructions in Poke the Box. Instead, you’ll find a series of layers, a foundation for taking a different approach to your work. Instead of learning to be more compliant, I want to push you to be the one who takes initiative.
Question: Why did you write this book?
Seth Godin: I’ve been fortunate enough to hear from almost a million people over the years, to talk with CEOs and bosses and customers around the world. And they all tell me precisely the same thing: it’s the motive force they demand, the person who will shake things up and move them forward.
Static is not an acceptable state. The status quo is no longer something we want at work or in politics or in any organization we care about.
The market is just waiting for people to step forward. I wrote the book for those people, the ones who’ve been hesitating to take the leap.
Question: Why did you start The Domino Project?
Seth Godin: The Domino Project is my latest attempt at “poking.” It’s an independent publishing imprint founded by me and powered by Amazon. This is an opportunity to publish “idea manifestos” committed to readers, rather than being bookstore friendly. It’s named after the domino effect–where one powerful idea spreads down the line, pushing from person to person.
I have two audacious goals: I want to change the people who read (not enough do) and I want to change the way books are published (they’re too hard to find and spread). I honestly believe that a book can change a mind like nothing else, and that’s our focus. To help anyone to do work they’re proud of and to make a difference.
Question: Why Amazon?
Seth Godin: I partnered with Amazon so we could leverage what we both do best–Amazon is the leader in global distribution, multiple format production capabilities, and reaching people in the right way, and I want to spread powerful ideas to the people who want to read them.
For 15 years, Amazon has been building an audience and gaining our trust. Many surveys identify them as the most-trusted new brand in the world. Now that Amazon is interacting with more people more often, they have a chance to bring those customers new ideas in innovative ways. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to bring ideas worth spreading to a huge and eager audience.
Question: Who is Seth Godin?
Seth Godin: I’m an author, entrepreneur, and a person who starts things.
“Seth Godin may be the ultimate entrepreneur for the information age.” –Business Week
“It’s easy to see why people pay to hear what he has to say.” –Time Magazine
One word reviews for Poke the Box
“Embarkable.” –Annie Duke, world poker champion, author and talk show host
“Rut-reversing.” –Sarah Jones, playwright
“Essential.” –Jill Greenberg, photographer, manipulator.org
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The Kindle ebook edition of Read This Before Our Next Meeting is available for free through August 9, 2011.
Russell Bishop Reviews Read This Before Our Next Meeting
Russell Bishop is the managing partner of Bishop & Bishop, a consulting and coaching company helping executives and managers increase alignment and improve execution across the organization. The author of Workarounds That Work, he is a weekly columnist and senior editor at the Huffington Post. Read his review of Al Pittampalli’s Read This Before Our Next Meeting:
Al Pittampalli addresses a time worn challenge that all of us have experienced for which many of us are chief executioner: Death by Meeting. However, rather than simply adding to the chorus of complaints about time-sucking, energy-sapping, life force-killing meetings, Al actually proposes something useful–The Modern Meeting and its seven critical principles of effective meeting management.
The single most powerful question to ask yourself or your co-workers when faced with a challenging situation is: What difference could you make that requires no one’s permission other than your own? Al embraces this critical notion of personal responsibility in his counter-intuitive approach to getting senior management to adopt the modern meeting: you don’t have to get everyone on board–you just need to start and let your success influence others to get on board.
If you find yourself withering away in endless meetings, if your organization suffers from consensus constipation, if you can’t seem to get a decision made this century, read this book now. Wait a minute–reading this book won’t help any more than reading a prescription will get you better. Instead, apply the Seven Principles and let your creative productivity soar! –Russell Bishop
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Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson
A Q&A with Ralph Waldo Emerson
For nearly 200 years, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Self-Reliance
has been the preeminent book on independence, non-conformity, and trusting oneself. At The Domino Project
, we believe that Emerson’s words are just as relevant today as they were in 1841. Read on:
The Domino Project: There has been much talk of the failing education system in America, and even new groundbreaking movies such as Waiting for Superman and Race to Nowhere documenting these failings. Do you have any suggestions on how we fix this broken system?
Ralph Waldo Emerson, in Self-Reliance: The intellect is vagabond, and our system of education fosters restlessness. Our minds travel when our bodies are forced to stay at home. We imitate; and what is imitation but the travelling of the mind?
Question: Society’s quick pace makes it hard to focus and concentrate. What can one to do achieve serenity today?
Emerson: Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.
Question: Many in society are afraid of of being themselves and speaking authentically. Why do you think that is?
Emerson: Man is timid and apologetic; he is no longer upright; he dares not say ‘I think,’ ‘I am,’ but quotes some saint or sage. He is ashamed before the blade of grass or the blowing rose. These roses under my window make no reference to former roses or to better ones; they are for what they are; they exist with God today. There is no time to them. There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.
Question: What is the key to happiness with one’s work and occupation?
Emerson: A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best; but what he has said or done otherwise, shall give him no peace. Do your work, and I shall know you. Do your work, and you shall reinforce yourself. Your genuine action will explain itself, and will explain your other genuine actions. Your conformity explains nothing.
Question: There are so many popular opinions in society today. How should we know whom to listen to?
Emerson: Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
Question: What advice do you have for creators and artists who don’t think they create original work?
Emerson: Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another, you have only an extemporaneous, half possession. That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him.
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Domino Project Team released a video interview with Do the Work author Steven Pressfield here.
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In honor of Steven Pressfield’s Do the Work, the Domino Project Street Team brought together their collective talents to create a free eBook entitled:
No Idling: 30 inspiring stories from those who do the work.
It’s available from the link above, and it’s free. Please use it, print it, and share it freely but please don’t change or re-sell it.
The eBook features Andrew Warner, Neil Patel, Charlie Gilkey, James Altucher, Neil Pasricha, Mark Silver, David Siteman Garland, Carol Roth, Michael Port, Marshall Ulrich and 20 others.
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Recently, I initiated Orange Sky Project which will focus on Kindle publishing of classical texts which are not on Kindle or expensive and/or low-quality publications. Thanks to Seth Godin’s Domino Project, I first written about it here and then stole the publication idea from him. I am sure he won’t mind.
Orange Sky Project aims to change this by publishing low-priced, quality Kindle books. The first one appeared on Kindle today:
1308 Farsi Edition of the Text.
You can excess the book from below link:
1. The Alchemy of Happiness by AL GHAZZALI (with active TOC) Price: 2.99$
Translated in 1909.
The Kimiya-yi Sa’ādat was written towards the end of Abū Ḥāmid Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad al-Ghazālī’s life shortly before 499/1105. During the time before it was written the Muslim world was considered to be in a state of political as well as intellectual unrest. al-Ghazali noted that there were constant disputes regarding the role of philosophy and scholastic theology and Sufi’s became chastised for their neglect of the ritual obligations of Islam. Upon its release, the Kimiya-yi sa’ādat allowed al-Ghazali to considerably reduce the tensions between the scholars and mystics.— Excerpted from Kimiya-yi sa’ādat on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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There are some people who just get what’s going on: faster, more accurately, and more cogently than the rest of us. Seth Godin
is one of those people. A legend on the ‘net, Seth authored the most popular e-book ever written (“Unleashing The Idea Virus
and commands speaker’s fees that run into telephone numbers.
For Radio Litopia, however, Seth’s fee is… simply your attention.
This is one of those shows that you’ll want to listen to many times. The wisdom is intense and the conclusions devastating. Interviewed by Litopia’s Peter Cox and Jamie Mollart, this session with Seth must count as one of our best, and most important, shows ever.
Follow Seth Godin’s blog here, and find out more about The Domino Project here.
Download the show as mp3 file
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Early in March, The Domino Project
published Seth Godin’s Poke the Box
. We Immediately received stories about people taking initiative in their own lives – doing things differently at work or with their families, taking initiative in places they were scared to. Prompted by the number of inspiring stories we received, we launched Tales of the Revolution, profiling examples of passionate self-starters who regularly went above and beyond to make a difference by doing. This free Kindle edition is a sampling of the hundreds of stories we received. Each one could be just the right inspiration for you to keep poking. The Domino Project
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Daniel H. Pink Reviews Poke the Box:
Daniel H. Pink is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Drive and A Whole New Mind, which together have been translated into 31 languages. Read his guest review of Seth Godin‘s Poke the Box:
Let me begin with a professional and personal disclosure: If Seth Godin weren’t a friend of mine, I would probably hate his guts.
He makes those of us in the word-slinging, meme-spreading trade look like a bunch of ne’er-do-well slackers. He is so preposterously creative and so endlessly productive–a new blog post every day, a new book every year, dozens of efforts to raise money for charity, Squidoo, the Domino Project, and more–that I once suspected “Seth Godin” was really a cover name for an army of elves toiling in a work camp near the Hudson River.
But after reading this remarkable book, I’ve discovered Seth’s secret: He’s willing to poke the box. To start. To initiate. To begin. That’s all.
Indeed, the message of this book is so profoundly simple and so simply profound, I can encapsulate it in a single word.
Don’t cogitate. Don’t ruminate. Don’t plan on getting started or wait for permission to begin.
Of course, that’s a little scary. Starting is a risk. Things might not work out. You could flop. But one theme of this book–and it’s a theme that you should write on a rock, imprint on your brain, and inject into your bloodstream–is that we ought to be much more concerned about mediocrity than failure. “If you can’t fail,” Seth writes, “it doesn’t count.”
Like the man who produced it, Poke the Box is inspired and inspiring. I’ll place it on my shelf alongside two other extraordinary books: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield and Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. If you enjoyed those two, you’ll love this one. It will simultaneously stir your heart and kick your butt.
Which brings us to a final question: When should you get started on that project, that business, that work of art only you can deliver to the world?
Seth has the answer to that, too: “Soon is not as good as now.”
In other words, go. –Daniel H. Pink
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This is a Domino Project publication led by Seth Godin and powered by Amazon. Best Kindle Reads fully supports the project. See also my previous post below for more information about The Domino Project.
Could you be getting in your way of producing great work? Have you started a project but never finished? Would you like to do work that matters, but don’t know where to start?
The answer is Do the Work, a manifesto by bestselling author Steven Pressfield, that will show you that it’s not about better ideas, it’s about actually doing the work.
Do the Work is a weapon against Resistance – a tool that will help you take action and successfully ship projects out the door.
“There is an enemy. There is an intelligent, active, malign force working against us. Step one is to recognize this. This recognition alone is enormously powerful. It saved my life, and it will save yours.”
Available in both a 5-pack and 48-pack for you to share, as well as a special collectible edition, Do the Work may be just what you need to get out of your own way.
For other titles like Do the Work, visit thedominoproject.com for more information.
About the Author
Steven Pressfield is the bestselling author of The Legend of Bagger Vance, Gates of Fire and The War of Art. The latter book spawned Do the Work, as readers kept asking, “What is this terrible thing called Resistance — and how can I overcome it?” Mr. Pressfield (who rarely calls himself “Mr. Pressfield”) is a graduate of Duke University and an honorary citizen of the city of Sparta in Greece.