Apr 212010

I just finished reading the book “Linchpin- Are You Indispensable?” by Seth Godin.  Seth has also written other books such as “Purple Cow”, “The Dip”, and “Tribes”.  

It really is a great book.  It really spoke out to me as I read along. 

Here is one of the paragraphs that I highlighted-

“I’ve never met anyone who had no art in them, though it’s buried sometimes.  Markets are crying out.  We need you to stand up and be remarkable.  Be human.  Contribute.  Interact.  Take the risk that you might make someone upset with your initiative, innovation, and insight- it turns out you’ll probably delight them instead.”

Throughout the book, Godin promotes the need for more Linchpins in the world.  More people need to work at making themselves indispensible.   People need to contribute their art and not just become a “cog in a giant machine”. 

What does this have to do with Strength and Conditioning?  We need to see ourselves as artists as well.  It takes creativity to design a program.  More creativity is required when implementing programs to your athletes.  Blogs (such as this one) are a way for me to express what I believe in.  I also think it’s important for us to try and lead, innovate.  Don’t worry about what others may think.  Don’t let other ‘s opinions suck the life out of your passion and enthusiasm. 

Check out Linchpin.

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  4 Responses to “Are You Indispensible?”

  1. Great post Sean I love to read short quotes and messages like this!

  2. Great job Sean, I am in the process of reading the Winners Manual – Jim Tressel. check it out. It is a great book. Also check out Predictable Irrational. It focuses on behavorial economics (my old major) but it allows to look at things differently and understand why people make the decisions they make…for example. why do people buy a home they cant afford.

    • John- I have read Tressel’s book. Lots of great quotes in there. I will check out Predictable Irrational. Thanks for reading.

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