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One of the only things I remember from 7th grade science class with Ms. Pugliese is the definition of inertia – objects at rest remain at rest unless acted on by an outside force.

In his newest book, LINCHPIN, Seth Godin describes what it takes to be indispensable in today’s new economy and job market.  In a culture that breeds agenda following and attendance-based compensation, forward motion is not our default state.  We’ve been trained to fit in, follow the map someone else puts in front of us, and expect a fair reward.   Fortunately that leaves room for you to become a Linchpin.

By engaging your genius, creating art, and connecting people and ideas, Godin argues that you, yes you!, can be the force that creates change in your company or organization.

There is a different way to do what you do, without leaving where you are.  Yes, there are a whole lot of excuses and reasons not to, but the choice to be remarkable, to be generous, to create art and to connect is up to you.  And Godin succeeds in giving you ‘eyes that see’ how (and why) to do it.

This is an excellent book – a must read if you desire more in the work you’re doing.


About Samantha Curley

Hi! My name is Samantha Curley. I live in Pasadena, California where I run a non-profit organization called Level Ground (onlevelground.org). I like to ponder, ask questions, and share stories about life, art, and faith.


3 thoughts on “Inertia

  1. Loved this post Sam – and have been feeling that, in many ways, I have been inadequately trained to be a creator. Maybe that’s the problem, is that I am used to doing what I have been properly trained in (as you say, fitting in, doing work, getting rewarded).

    Keep these coming 🙂

    Posted by Dave | January 20, 2010, 12:59 PM


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