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Don't wait for permission or directions... just go.

  • Mar 5, 2011
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What is the difference between those individuals who have significant accomplishments to their name, and those who you don't know because you've never heard of them? One of the factors is simple... they started. They didn't wait for permission or spend inordinate amounts of time planning to launch their ideas. They just got started. Seth Godin talks about this valuable skill in his latest book Poke the Box. At 85 pages, it's not a long read nor is it stuffed with endless programs and processes to get started. It's simply an exhortation to go...

Godin points out that far too many of our institutions and much of our culture is based on waiting for permission. You follow the rules, you adhere to the accepted processes, and those who are in a position of power will let you know when and if it is OK to proceed. That's fine if you want to be just another replaceable cog in the wheel, but it sucks if you want to stand out and make a difference. Waiting for a road map on how to proceed means you will likely be waiting a very long time. Instead, make your own map. Try sometime new and different. There's a very good chance you'll fail. But that failure can be a stepping stone to adjust and learn and, most importantly, to try again. Godin's "poke the box" is a metaphor to look at your life and surroundings, and start poking things to see how they work. The more you poke, the more feedback you get, and the more you learn. Those who have accomplished things are those who have poked the box with abandon, and have learned how to make the box work to get where they want to be... to live the type of life they want to live.

I can see how some people can get a bit frustrated reading a Seth Godin book, as it often lacks the flow of what you'd consider a "normal" book. It's a mix of information, ideas, and exhortations to think differently about life and about what you do with it. In my opinion, Poke the Box was perfect for what he's trying to say here. It's short, so you don't end up with an imposed structure and filler to try and meet some pre-planned page count. It aims to motivate, and it certainly did that for me. I struggle with the actual "go" aspect of many of the things I want to do. After reading Poke, I have a better idea as to why I do that, and hopefully I'll correct that action.

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review by . March 02, 2011
This book could, I suppose, have been rendered as a single blogpost: Go. Start something. Get to work. Turn your ideas into concrete action. Ship. The basic ideas don't need a book to explain them, even one that's only 85 pages long.    For me, just as important as Seth's reiteration of the above ideas is his exploration of how we -- as individuals and as a culture -- have been programed for compliance. Our jobs follow an industrial, factory-based model where we sit in cubes, …
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Book Description:If you're stuck at the starting line, you don't need more time or permission. You don’t need to wait for a boss’s okay or to be told to push the button; you just need to poke.

Poke the Boxis a manifesto by bestselling author Seth Godin that just might make you uncomfortable. It’s a call to action about the initiative you’re taking-– in your job or in your life. Godin knows that one of our scarcest resources is the spark of initiative in most organizations (and most careers)-– the person with the guts to say, “I want to start stuff.”

Poke the Boxjust may be the kick in the pants you need to shake up your life.

Love the ideas inPoke the Box?Check out ourDomino Project pagefor other format options, such as a5-packor52-packcarton of books to share or thelimited deluxe edition, which includes the book with a letterpress jacket, a specially designed signature plate signed by Seth Godin, and a letterpress poster. Be sure to also visitTheDominoProject.comfor the latest news and special offers.Daniel H. Pink Reviews Poke the Box

Daniel H. Pinkis the author of theNew York TimesbestsellersDriveandA Whole New Mind, which together have been translated into 31 languages. Read his guest review ofSeth Godin'sPoke the Box:

Let me begin with a professional and personal disclosure: If Seth Godin weren’t a friend of mine, I would probably hate his guts.

He makes those of us in the word-slinging, meme-spreading trade look like a ...

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ISBN-10: 1936719002
ISBN-13: 978-1936719006
Author: Seth Godin
Genre: Business & Investing, Health, Mind & Body
Publisher: The Domino Project
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