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Graceful [Kindle Edition]

Seth Godin
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Book Description

In this 32-page short eBook, New York Times bestselling author Seth Godin presents 30 ideas for making a difference in a world that needs you.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 126 KB
  • Print Length: 45 pages
  • Publisher: New Word City, Inc. (13 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047ZFFEA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #93,987 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Seth Godin is the author of Tribes, The Dip, Purple Cow, All Marketers Are Liars and other international bestsellers that have changed the way business people think and act. He's the most influential business blogger in the world and consistently one of the twenty-five most widely read bloggers in the English language. He's also the founder and CEO of Squidoo.com and a very popular speaker. He lives in Westchester, New York.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Graceful Review? 15 Feb. 2013
By Carl
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Seth Godin explores the innate human qualities we have _ kindness, generosity, creativity and fear - and shines a light on all of them and in doing so illuminates them so that we recognise there is another way of doing business, another way of doing life. Thanks Seth
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed - it spoke right to the ... 25 Aug. 2014
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Just what I needed - it spoke right to the heart of the kind of person I aspire to be and encouraged me in my journey. I rarely finish books, and almost never read them again - but I am now on my third read and grow some more every time I open it. Thanks Seth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 5 Aug. 2014
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So much common sense and insight yet again. He's rapidly becoming one of my favourite authors. Wise and often witty - an easy read in one sense, not so much if you plan to practise what he preaches!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Godin Taster 6 Sept. 2014
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Short and sweet, and typical Seth Godin. Wanted to more, so perhaps more useful as a taster than the main course.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Goodness Graceness 15 April 2011
By Blonde Solomon - Published on Amazon.com
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This review originally appeared on my review site.

Seth Godin's rise to the cultural/marketing/intellectual elite allows him to say or write pretty much whatever he wants; in response, his readers raise up a fist and cry "Hear, hear!" When I put it this way, it sounds terrifying (at the least, unnerving). And maybe it is. But not because Godin has all our attention, but because what he's saying is relevant and smart.

In "Graceful," a shorter ebook released six months ago, Godin discusses the attitude, lifestyle, and aura of the new revolutionaries: the gracefuls.

"Graceful is artistic, elegant, subtle and effective. Graceful makes things happen and brings light but not heat."

Godin's "Graceful" is an inspiring read, not only because of its discussion of how consumers will gravitate towards art instead of stuff, but because his advice for assimilation into this new world is based on values and virtues.

Don't let the word "virtues" turn you off. He doesn't preach; he's not even up on a soapbox. The fact of it is, being graceful makes you a linchpin; grace is achieved with generosity, authenticity, intregrity, and other forms of emotional labor.

"...No one is born graceful. It's not a gift, it's a choice."

Authenticity, genius and integrity are in short supply, considering we're still mucking through a system that "rewards" cogs in the machine and thoughtless drones. Sure, we're seeing examples of the revolution popping up all over the place - innovative workplaces and the exaltation of the creative - but the mentality of the industrial revolution is slow to die.

The graceful, the linchpins, fill the niche of this scarcity.

"Scarcity creates value, and the linchpin understands this."

A linchpin also understands that he wasn't created overnight. He made a choice and took affirmative steps, every day, to express grace.

"No one is a genius all the time. The goal is to be a genius once. And then perhaps again.

Small steps."

Stated differently, being valuable once is an incredible advantage over never being valuable at all.

Further on, Godin goes into detail about this new scarcity.

Grace, an umbrella for Generosity, Happiness, Kindness, and Connection is the new ideal. Confronting fear and allowing yourself to experience "the new" (even if you don't particularly delight in it) are ways to nudge yourself out of the drone and towards the music.

"If you're going to grow, you can't insulate yourself from that food you eat or that person you meet or that situation you dive into, because the insulation prevents you from making the change and finding the understanding you set out to achieve in the first place."

Also, if we don't initiate these uncomfortable moments in a quest for growth, we will be overwhelmed with discomfort when the world starts changing around us. We can't ignore anymore that old systems are changing and we should be proud of the fact that we are "bringing it."

"Industry is changing. The race to the bottom is ending, the search for cheaper, cheaper, cheaper is coming to a close. People are having trouble storing all the things they bought last year, and more trouble still finding the money to buy even more. And as a result, consumers (what a great word that is) are realizing that they can't find more pleasure so easily, that buying more stuff might not be the best plan. We've always been lonely - everyone is lonely - but now the loneliness is harder to mask in a life of manipulation (doing what the boss says) and consumption (doing what the marketer says)."

People seek meaning.

So...give it to them.

I've only touched a few points that Godin makes in this short ebook. He packs a punch, that one.

Some of the other topics he discusses are:

Creating a culture of connection
Finding the one-sided coin
Rejecting mediocrity
Failure
Deniability
The new creativity
and Gifts.

I certainly recommend this short ebook for anyone that's interested in Godin's philosophy, his idea of the Linchpin, or an update on where our society is going.

(Small Warning: If you're the type that can't handle typos, steel yourself. Or attempt to accept them in grace. Or kindly ask Godin to recruit one of his followers as a proofreader.)
44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Things I once knew and forgot 27 Mar. 2011
By Dale Hansman - Published on Amazon.com
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Just a few pages into Mr. Godin's "Graceful" and I'm prompted to write my first Amazon review in years.

What is it about human nature - my nature - that makes playing it safe so compelling? Fear? Laziness?

As he has in so many of his writings, Seth gracefully uses simple language to deliver powerful messages.

Messages about kindness, abundance, and giving another person (my wife, my boss, my client, my service provider) the benefit of the doubt.

Messages that instantly reminded me that I once knew these things, but somehow forgot. Thanks again Seth.
51 of 60 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Godin's expected winning spirit, unfortunately lacking depth. 20 Feb. 2011
By Preston Lee - Published on Amazon.com
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Pleasantly short and inspirational, in Godin's typical style, though notably lacking thought regarding any specific way to actually BE that graceful, idyllic leader: that is, aside from criticizing the status quo. Thoughtful? Yes. Constructive in any tangible way? No.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just read Linchpin. 31 July 2012
By Charles Grahm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I hate to have to respond to Godin's signature verve with so much disappointment, but there is really nothing new here. What you get for the price of admission is a rehash of ideas much better developed in Linchpin, and a paragraph or two to point out that, oh yeah, let's call that gracefulness. Already read Linchpin? Then miss it, man. Haven't? Then do yourself a favor and read that one instead.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great work 25 May 2013
By Crew Spence - Published on Amazon.com
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Ive heard a lot about Seth Godin, but this is the first thing I've read by him. He offers an easy to read book full of inspiration. I would've liked more practical advice and fewer truisms, but he definitely offers some interesting philosophy. Worth the read!
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