Are you indispensable?

Linchpin

By Seth Godin

Wait! Are you saying that I have to stop following instructions and start being an artist? Someone who dreams up new ideas and makes them real? Someone who finds new ways to interact, new pathways to deliver emotion, new ways to connect? Someone who acts like a human, not a Cog? Me?

Yes

Who is Seth Godin?

Seth is most widely known through his blog where we writes a short business-focused message daily and has been for over a decade now! One of Seth’s first companies was Yoyodyne which he later sold to Yahoo in 1998 and introduced to the world the idea of permission marketing. Seth has gone on to publish 19 books (and counting), launched the altMBA and has been inducted into the Marketing Hall of Fame.

The PERL (Percentage of Easily Replaced Laborer's)

Godin writes that the majority of us would like a safe job which tells us what to do. In the factory era this deal was a reality with workers trading in personal autonomy and creativity for a pension, safe job and improved quality of life. In the factory era, “the goal was to have the highest PERL…If you can easily replace most of your workers, you can pay them less.” One of the most popular business books is the E-Myth Revisited which describes how the perfect business model is one that can be run by someone with a very low level of skill. You want a “cookie-cutter” business that you can scale fast, without having to find highly skilled people. The issue with this mindset, is that if your business can be easily replicated then you’re not going to be the one to replicate it.

What the factory system always the reality?

Average is Over

Why are so many luxury goods made in France?

Godin discusses how it came to be that France dominated the luxury goods market, describing how it was the work of a finance minister named Jean-Baptiste Colbert. He served under the king Louis XIV of France in the 1600s and devised a plan to battle against the success of France’s neighbors. Colbert “organized, regulated and promoted the luxury goods industry”. Colbert organized works into highly specialized guilds and prevented internal competition to allow these guilds to flourish while barring competing external imports. At the same time that France embraced craftsmanship, Britain embraced the anonymous factory which opened them up to later competition. France relied on humanity not automation which created scarcity — scarcity creates value.

Real Artists Ship

The phrase “Real Artists Ship” was supposedly made famous by Steve Jobs emphasizing that it true artists do not produce a single perfect masterpieces but have the courage to continually produce and deliver real work.

The Cult of Done

The cult of done is a document created by Bre Pettis in 2009. The manifesto of the cult is such:

The Cult of Done Manifesto

  1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
  2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
  3. There is no editing stage.
  4. Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it.
  5. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
  6. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
  7. Once you’re done you can throw it away.
  8. Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.
  9. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
  10. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
  11. Destruction is a variant of done.
  12. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
  13. Done is the engine of more.

Metcalfe’s Law

Of all the popular ideas of the Internet boom, one of the most dangerously influential was Metcalfe’s Law. Simply put, it says that the value of a communications network is proportional to the square of the number of its users.