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Seth Godin

Hi. I’m Seth Godin. I’m a teacher, and I do projects. For more than thirty years, I’ve been trying to turn on lights, inspire people and teach them how to level up. This blog has been appearing daily for more than a decade. One day, if we meet, I hope you’ll share with me your favorite posts. Even better, I’d like to hear about how a book or course helped you interact with the world differently and make a difference.

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Overwriting

By Seth Godin

Decorating a car with bling, mudflaps and an airhorn is a form of signalling. You can show your peers that you have the resources to waste on superfluous adornments. (Did you see what I just did there? I could have said, “You can show your friends that you have money to burn,” but I didn’t.) […]

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But what is this question for?

By Seth Godin

If you are asked a question in a job interview, on stage or even on a date, there’s probably a reason, and the reason might not be because the person asking wants to know your answer. Teenagers are terrible at understanding this. “How was your day at school,” is not a question asked to determine […]

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Junction City

By Seth Godin

A dozen states in the US have a Junction City. A place with the claim to fame that it’s on the way to somewhere else. You can do well being a stepping stone, a pathway, a place people go to get somewhere else. Or you can be a place where people seek to be. Yahoo […]

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Ahead of the curve

By Seth Godin

When you’re traveling ahead of the curve, it’s silly to imagine that the road will be straight and flat. It’s actually more like a cliff. With bumps. That’s all part of the deal. That’s why it’s not called the curve. You’re in the void, uncharted, ahead of what’s behind. In fact, ahead of the curve, […]

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Ahead of the curve

By Seth Godin

When you’re traveling ahead of the curve, it’s silly to imagine that the road will be straight and flat. It’s actually more like a cliff. With bumps. That’s all part of the deal. That’s why it’s not called the curve. You’re in the void, uncharted, ahead of what’s behind. In fact, ahead of the curve, […]

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“Don’t pee in the pool”

By Seth Godin

For generations, people dumped crap into the Hudson River. The river was so large and so swift that they assumed that the effluent wouldn’t come back to haunt them. Of course, it did, killing the oyster beds and poisoning the public. How big does a body of water have to be before we forget that […]

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Roads or buildings?

By Seth Godin

If you want to make a long-term impact, build the roads. Stewart Brand points out that if you compare two maps of downtown Boston–from 1860 and 1960, for example–virtually every single building has been replaced. Gone. But the roads? They haven’t changed a bit. The curbs and boundaries and connections are largely as they were. […]

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Surrounded by yes

By Seth Godin

It’s good news and bad news. The web knows what you like and it’s working hard to surround you with reminders that you’re right. This is good news because it can help an outsider feel more normal. If you have something you’re interested in, you’ll see more of it, news about it, affirmations… all of […]

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Of course they’re wrong

By Seth Godin

It seems like our take on culture is that we’re right. We shake hands properly, use a napkin properly, speak up at events problerly and even greet one another on the street properly. When I’m in a foreign city, I’m always amazed at how (friendly/offputting/aloof/intimate) everyone else is. But of course, everyone else is right […]

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