Seth Godin’s Linchpin is one of the two books I recommend most often to clients in search of career advice (the other one is Ignore Everybody by Hugh MacLeod). So I thought it was a great idea when fellow creative coach Cynthia Morris suggested we do a free podcast about Linchpin and its implications for people pursuing a creative career.
Next week Cynthia and I are going to record the call, probably about 45 minutes long, and make it available for free download here and over at Cynthia’s Original Impulse blog. We’re also preparing a worksheet full of coaching questions to help you take action on the challenges Seth describes in the book – again, this will be a free download.
Edit: the podcast and worksheet are now available for download: Becoming a Linchpin.
We want to make the call and worksheet as useful as possible for you, so if you have any questions about the book or the challenges of pursuing a creative career path, please leave a comment below or zip me an e-mail and we’ll do our best to offer some useful suggestions – and questions.
If you’ve not read the book yet, here’s the basic premise:
In the linchpin economy, the winners are … the artists who give gifts. Giving a gift makes you indispensable. Inventing a gift, creating art – that is what the market seeks out, and they give us are the ones who earn our respect and attention.
(Seth Godin, Linchpin)
If you want to achieve remarkable things in your career, this is one book you won’t want to miss. To get a flavour of Linchpin, check out my piece Can Anyone Be an Artist? and the great articles Cynthia’s linked to in her post about the Linchpin call.
Here are some of the issues we’ve got pencilled in for the call — let us know if there’s something you’d like us to add to the list:
- Are you (ready to be) an artist?
- Are you indispensable? If not, what are you going to do about it?
- What’s your gift to the world?
- Are you prepared for emotional labor?
- How can you overcome the Resistance to doing your best work?