I just listened to a 45 minute talk by Seth Godin.  It’s the April installment of his Linchpin talks.  Anyway, it’s well worth a listen.  Below are my notes from the talk.  They aren’t complete and are very raw.

-700 years ago, nobody was ‘unemployed’. Some areas of the world
today don’t know what ‘unemployed’ is.
-Gin was one of the key elements of the Industrial Revolution, people were drunk all day. B/C “jobs” were alien.

-reverse correlation between the amount of ‘stuff’ in a populatio and how happy it is

-debt creates more debt, fear of losing things

-school teaches compliance, and that’s the only thing you use in the ‘real world’

-america is in shit not because of a lack of compliance, but because lack of entrepreneurship

-we worry people will say “you’re not as good as you think you are”, but they never do

6 reasons this is hard for people, + what we need to do

1. People don’t understand what’s at stake. We have to replace

current fear
2. Generosity not included in ‘capitalist’ system
3. Recognize that anyone can be artist (original, interesting work)
4. Aknowledge the lizard brain – know there is a physical place in

the brain that keeps you scared. It always feels the same. (The

5. Go Pro – Treat your art like it’s your job. Like you need to

make it better.
6. Ship. Get the product out the door. Another edition is not

shipping, it’s something totally new. Three main reasons for not

shipping: 1- Fear 2- Might not be able to see situation clearly so

you’ll do wrong things to get it out the door. 3- Don’t have enough


-Either you break rules or you follow rules (for the most part) a lot of people follow rules unless they are forced not to.
-Fit in or stand out, can’t do both

Emotional Labor
-Labor=hard. Worth paying for.
-Emotional, harder than physical. Brings up fear, makes you feel like a failure
-The only way to get payed big money.

-Name the reason/fear you aren’t doing what you should
– We need to shift fear to fear of not failing

-Thrash in the first week
-The person running the project is different than the manager. The person who runs the project ships, the manager reports.