Quotes and Interview with Seth Godin

“The number one way I found to attract people was to help them connect with their dreams.” ~Seth Godin



“First of all, people give an unfair amount of credibility to someone who is standing on a stage or who is writing a blog or has written a book or otherwise put himself in front of them.”

“The guy at Spinnaker I was talking about earlier is David Seuss. What David did for me on probably six occasions over two years, was step in when I was screwing up and encourage me to screw up more. He didn’t sit me down and teach me how to write or do marketing. I don’t think he was great at either of those things. What he did that was extraordinary was that he looked at people around him and said, “Just try again.”"


If you could go back and do one thing differently, would you and if so, what would it be?

No, I would not change a thing because if I did, I wouldn’t be me and I’m really glad to be me.”


“If you could give one piece of advice to someone starting out, what would you say?

This is easy. There’s a picture that I just saw online two days ago. Monday I have this seminar I’m running for free for college students and I’m going to show them this picture before we start. It’s a picture of someone graduating from college. You can’t tell, but you can guess that they’re probably $150,000 in debt. Written on the top of their mortarboard with masking tape it says, “Hire me.” The thing about the picture that’s pathetic, beyond the notion that you need to spam the audience at graduation with a note saying you’re looking for a job, is that you went $150,000 in debt and spent four years of your life so someone else could pick you. That’s ridiculous. It really makes me sad to see that. The opportunity of a lifetime is to pick yourself. Quit waiting to get picked; quit waiting for someone to give you permission; quit waiting for someone to say you are officially qualified and pick yourself. It doesn’t mean you have to be an entrepreneur or a freelancer, but it does mean you stand up and say, “I have something to say. I know how to do something. I’m doing it. If you want me to do it with you, raise your hand.”


“What does a typical day look like for you?

Ha! There isn’t one. That’s on purpose. If you have a typical day, I think that that’s something you should work on.”


“I think the goal I have in my work is not to be remembered, but for the people who use the work I did to be remembered instead.”


The full interview is here: thegreatdiscontent.com/seth-godin

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