Seth Godin is possibly one of the most influential authors, bloggers and leadership thought changers in the world today. His anticipated message at Catalyst began with Seth sharing how he made a $40 billion mistake.
In 1992, Godin was a book packager with an Internet company when the Internet was still new. Godin had an idea. He packaged it into a book. He sold the book for $70,000. The book sold 850 copies. Not bad…at the same time, however, a start-up company named Yahoo was implementing that same idea. He was trying to write a book. They were trying to change the world.
That type of attitude shown by Yahoo is what it takes these days to make a difference in this new economy.
Using his classic wisdom, Godin encouraged the audience with continuous, rapid and quotable nuggets of wisdom. Here are some: (Understand, Godin spills this stuff out fast…so these are as close to what he said as I could type.)
- We have to teach people to be able to solve problems.
- A revolution is destroying the industrial revolution.
- Institutions embrace compliance. Compliance doesn’t work
- We are more connected than ever before…it’s connection that makes a difference…not compliance…
- You don’t win by being complaint, you win by being connected…
- Boring doesn’t work…
- If you want to succeed, you have to be prepared to fail…
- Art is a human act that changes someone…
- We need people willing to make a change even if they have to face set-backs and failures at first.
- We should be rewarding those who are willing to make a mistake.
- You need to learn to make decisions on your own and not wait for a boss to tell you what to do.
- Change is made by individuals who eagerly accept responsibility, but don’t demand authority.
- You have to quit trying to fit in…instead you should try to make a difference.
- Maybe you should fire people that always do the right things… they are not failing and playing it safe.
Andy Stanley asked a powerful question at the end of this talk. What do you do if you are in a bureaucratic environment? Seth’s answer: Stop lying. You’re not in a communistic environment. You have the flexibility to help make one change a day.
Leaders need to hear this talk, but especially young leaders and those who want to make a difference these days. To order the resources from this conference, click HERE.
Which of these nuggets of wisdom jumps out at you the most?