Poke the Box: When Was the Last Time You Did Something for the First Time?
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"A one-two punch! Half kick in the ass, half cheerleading encouragement."
—Steven Pressfield, author of
The War of ArtIf you are happy being just a dreamer, perhaps you don’t need this book.
If you’re enjoying the status quo, don’t even consider reading this book.
If you are content waiting for success to find you, please put this book down and go find something else to read.
Poke the Box become a cult classic?
Because it’s a book that dares readers to do something they’re afraid of.
It could be what you need, too.
"Is Seth Godin the Pied Piper for however many of us have been afraid to fail? Will I answer his call? Will you?"
, reviewing the original edition of
"SETH GODIN MAY BE THE ULTIMATE ENTREPRENEUR FOR THE INFORMATION AGE."
"IT’S EASY TO SEE WHY PEOPLE PAY TO HEAR WHAT HE HAS TO SAY."
—Annie Duke, world poker champion, author, and talk show host
—Sarah Jones, playwright
—Jill Greenberg, photographer, manipulator.org
About the Author
SETH GODIN is the author of eighteen international bestsellers—including
Purple Cow and
Tribes—that have changed the way people think about marketing, leadership, change, and the way ideas spread. He founded Yoyodyne and Squidoo, is a successful (and unsuccessful) entrepreneur, and is a very popular lecturer. He publishes inspiration daily on his blog, consistently ranked as one of the one hundred most popular in the world.
Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
Also by Seth Godin
Poke the Box
Annie Downs works at the Mocha Club, a nonprofit based in Nashville that raises money for the developing world by working with touring musicians.
Last year, she called her boss and said something she had never said before. “I’ve got an idea, and I’m going to start working on it tomorrow. It won’t take a lot of time and it won’t cost a lot of money, and I think it’s going to work.”
With those two sentences, Annie changed her life. And she changed her organization and the people it serves.
You’re probably wondering what her idea was. You might even be curious about how she pulled it off.
That is the wrong question.
The change was in her posture. The change was that for the first time in this job, Annie wasn’t waiting for instructions, working through a to-do list, or reacting to incoming tasks. She wasn’t handed initiative, she took it.
Annie crossed a bridge that day. She became someone who starts something, someone who initiates, someone who is prepared to fail along the way if it helps her make a difference.
Imagine that the world had no middlemen, no publishers, no bosses, no HR folks, no one telling you what you couldn’t do.
If you lived in that world, what would you do?
Go. Do that.
In China, there’s a factory that can make the same widgets your company makes—for a tenth of the price.
Down the street, there’s a restaurant busy stealing your menu and your wine list, but charging 20 percent less than you can charge.
The last travel agent has left the room. Magazine publishers gave up all their growth to bloggers. Wikipedia didn’t have to grab the reins of authority from the Encyclopaedia Britannica; contributors just showed up and did the work. Britannica staffers sat and watched.
The intermediaries and agenda setters and investors are less important than they have ever been before. In 2012, sixty-seven Web start-ups in San Francisco and New York were funded for what it often costs Silicon Valley to fund just twenty companies. There’s more money chasing more companies that need less money than ever before.
So, if money and access and organizational might aren’t the foundation of the connected economy, what is?
This Is a Manifesto About Starting
Starting a project, making a ruckus, taking what feels like a risk.
Not just “I’m starting to thin