Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Winning Wednesday - Linchpin II

A few months ago, I signed up to receive a copy of Linchpin by Seth Godin by giving a donation to the Acumen Fund. A few weeks after receiving the first copy, I received a second copy of Linchpin, with a letter from Seth Godin saying, "Here's a thank you gift for reviewing Linchpin."

Last week I gave away one copy and I figured I will extend the same graciousness as Godin did and give away the second copy also. It's a great book ... you do want to read it, so here's another chance to win a copy.

Here's a repost of my review I posted last week: 

Are you scared to try new things? Wonder what others will say?
One of the main themes in this book is that you are unique and I am unique. The footprint we leave on the world can be unique if we allow (and push) ourselves to be who we are, not who others/environment/culture think we should be.

The one area we are alike - we all find more fulfillment in life if we are truly being ourselves and doing what we are best at. That can mean being self employed, working with one or two others or working in a corporation.

He admits finding our own path can be hard - "There is no map" and "Seeing clearly isn't easy."

There's many things that stop us from even trying, like worry. "Anxiety is practicing failure in advance." Some of his thoughts on how we rationalize not doing something made me feel like he was eavesdropping on the conversations I have in my head.

Godin's writing style is sharp and easy to read. The message in this book isn't necessarily new, but it's important, especially with all the changes the internet is bringing to our world. He does a great job reminding us that we have a lot of choice in what our personal world looks like.

The book includes this piece written by Ishita Gupta,
Every day is a new chance to choose.
Choose to change your perspective.
Choose to flip the switch in your mind. 
Turn on the light and 
stop fretting about with insecurity and doubt.
Choose to do your work and be free of distraction.
Choose to see the best in someone, 
or choose to bring out the worst in them.
Choose to be a laser beam, with focused intentions, 
or a scattered ray of light that doesn't do any good.


Leave your name before 9PM on Thursday and you could a hardcover copy of this book. Winner will be randomly chosen and posted Friday morning. 

If you subscribe to this site, you'll always find out what I'm giving away for Winning Wednesday. 

5 comments:

sam duregger said...

ok janet.... i'm a sucker for free books and your giving away one i'll actually read!! how's the writing coming?

mattbortmess said...

i'm putting my name the hat!

Becky said...

wanting to read that!!

Candace Jean July 16 said...

When this book came out I thought "All we need is another self-help book." then last night while I was on the treadmill I listened to Seth on the Catalyst podcast & was blown away. If I don't win, I will be buying this, for sure.

Janet Oberholtzer said...

Thanks for entering Winning Wednesday - would love to send you each a copy, but I only have one. I also allow entries on Facebook and Jeanne Grunert entered on there and was the # selected by Random.org.

Sam ... the writing is happening. I'm excited at my progress since Dream Year has started - great coaching from Ben Arment!