Seth Godin


American Author, Entrepreneur, Marketer and Public Speaker

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You don?t have to settle. It?s a choice you get to make every day.

You?re gifted, but you might not be gifted at what you?re doing right now.

You don?t make art after you become an artist. You become an artist by ceaselessly making art.

You?re not in charge. And your prospects don?t care about you.

You don?t need a keyboard to lead?you only need the desire to make something happen.

Your art is what you do when no one can tell you exactly how to do it. Your art is the act of taking personal responsibility, challenging the status quo, and changing people.

You don?t start with the confidence of the company; you earn it.

Your best customers are worth far more than your average customers.

You don't commit to a venue or a medium or a technique. You commit to a path and an impact.

Your biggest failure is the thing you dreamed of contributing but didn?t find the guts to do.

You don't need a guru; you need experience, the best kind of experience, the experience of repeated failure.

Your content: Who is listening? Make something for them. If you make something that solves their problems, they?ll talk about it and tell others.

When an artist stops work before his art is received, his work is unfulfilled.

When you see the world as it is, but insist on making it more like it could be, you matter.

Without leaders, there are no followers. Tribes are about faith - about belief in an idea and in a community. And they are grounded in respect and admiration for the leader of the tribe and for the other members as well. Do you believe in what you do? Every day? It turns out that belief happens to be a brilliant strategy.

You can spend your time on stage pleasing the heckler in the back, or you can devote it to the audience that came to hear you perform.

When enough people care about autism or diabetes or global warming, it helps everyone, even if only a tiny fraction actively participate.

When you set down the path to create art, whatever sort of art it is, understand that the path is neither short not easy. That means you must determine if the route is worth the effort. If it's not, dream bigger.

Work is nothing but a platform for art and the emotional labor that goes with it.

When exactly were you brainwashed into believing that the best way to earn a living is to have a job?

When you work under the cloud of anxiety, the best strategy is to play it safe, because if (when!) it fails, you?ll be blameless.

Worldviews run deep, and they change the way we interpret events in the world, [and] the people in it.

When it is time for layoffs, the safest job belongs to the artist, the Linchpin, the one who can?t easily be outsourced or replaced.

When you?re doing hard work, getting rejected, failing, working it out?this is a dumb time to make a situational decision about whether it?s time for a nap or a day off or a coffee break. Zig Ziglar taught me this twenty years ago. Make your schedule before you start. Don?t allow setbacks or blocks or anxiety to push you to say, Hey, maybe I should check my e-mail for a while, or you know, I could use a nap. If you do that, the lizard brain will soon be trained to use that escape hatch again and again.

Wouldn?t it be great to be gifted? In fact? It turns out that choices lead to habits. Habits become talents. Talents are labeled gifts. You?re not born this way, you get this way.

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American Author, Entrepreneur, Marketer and Public Speaker