American Way Magazine calls him, “America’s Greatest Marketer,” and you probably also know him as the world’s greatest blogger!
Seth says more meaningful stuff that matters than anyone else, with fewer words than anyone else. And when I recently asked him questions for Positive Writer, he was true to form with concise, yet profound answers…
Exclusive Interview with Seth Godin for Positive Writer
Q: In another interview you mention that in business school you were good at answering conceptual questions, but really bad at building spreadsheets. A lot of people get caught up with constantly trying to improve their weaknesses, what advice do you give those who do this?
Will you succeed because you are more well-rounded than others? Because you fit in better than everyone else? Bloody unlikely. We succeed when we are trusted to be the best at what we do.
Q: You are very open about your mistakes and failures and you’ve become quite successful. What do you attribute to your success?
Making more mistakes than other people. The key word is ‘more’. You have to play well enough to get more chances to make more mistakes!
Q: You love helping people achieve their dreams, but what first compelled you to be interested in helping others?
Is there any bigger privilege?
Q: People talk about taking risks all the time, and you actually do. Why do you live so close to the edge?
The edge is a great place to be. Inside the box is too dark. Outside the box, there’s no leverage. But on the edge of the box, you can get things done!
Q: What drives you to write every day?
Probably the same thing that drives other people to talk every day. I just talk in written form.
Q: What would you like people to remember you for?
I’d like to be remembered by the impact that people who have read my work have had on the world.
Thank you for your time and answers, Seth!
Seth’s latest project is The Icarus Deception. The url currently directs to Seth’s homepage, so be sure to bookmark it for when it goes live.
Here’s a quote about his forthcoming book from the Kickstarter website:
The Icarus Deception is my most personal book, a direct statement about the fundamental changes in the connection economy and the opportunity for individuals to face their fear and make art, to make a difference and to do work that matters.
It’s the capstone to Linchpin, Tribes and Poke the Box, but works great for someone who hasn’t read any of my books.
How has Seth Godin’s work impacted you the most?
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