46 Splendid Seth Godin Quotes

Seth Godin is an American author, entrepreneur, marketer, and public speaker best known for his book ‘All Marketers Are Liars’ and launching the platform Squiddo. Here is a look at some of the most notable Seth Godin quotes ever documented.

“A group needs only two things to be a tribe: a shared interest and a way to communicate.”

“An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artist takes it personally.”

“Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another.”

“Art is never defect-free. Things that are remarkable never meet spec, because that would make them standardized, not worth talking about.”

“At the age of four, you were an artist. And at seven, you were a poet.”

“Being aware of your fear is smart. Overcoming it is the mark of a successful person.”


“Believe that giving up is the same thing as being realistic.”

“Change almost never fails because it’s too early. It almost always fails because it’s too late.”

“Change isn’t made by asking permission. Change is made by asking forgiveness, later.”

“Dig your well before you’re thirsty.”

“Discomfort brings engagement and change. Discomfort means you’re doing something that others were unlikely to do, because they’re hiding out in the comfortable zone.”

“Don’t find customers for your products, find products for your customers.”

“Don’t just start. Continue. Ship. Repeat.”

“I define anxiety as experiencing failure in advance.”

“I intentionally abandoned the hard stuff early on because not only do I think it’s useless, I think it’s a distraction.”

“I made a decision to write for my readers, not to try to find more readers for my writing”

“If failure is not an option, then neither is success.”

“If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.”

“If you are deliberately trying to create a future that feels safe, you will willfully ignore the future that is likely.”

“If you can’t state your position in eight words, you don’t have a position.”

“If you need to conceal your true nature to get in the door, understand that you’ll probably have to conceal your true nature to keep that job.”

“In a battle between two ideas, the best one doesn’t necessarily win. No, the idea that wins is the one with the most fearless heretic behind it.”

“In a crowded marketplace, fitting in is a failure. In a busy marketplace, not standing out is the same as being invisible.”

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.”

“Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.”

“Leadership, on the other hand, is about creating change you believe in.”

“Learning is not done to you, it is something you choose to do.”

“Letting your customers set your standards is a dangerous game, because the race to the bottom is pretty easy to win. Setting your own standards–and living up to them–is a better way to profit.”

“No one knows more about the way you think than you do.”

“Not only must you be an artist, must you be generous, and must you be able to see where you can help but you must also be aware. Aware of where your skills are welcomed.”

“Perhaps your challenge isn’t finding a better project or a better boss. Perhaps you need to get in touch with what it means to feel passionate. People with passion look for ways to make things happen.”

“Persistent people are able to visualize the idea of light at the end of the tunnel when others can’t see it.”

“Reject the tyranny of picked. Pick yourself.”

“The challenge with being an initiator of projects is that you are never, ever done.”

“The competitive advantages the marketplace demands is someone more human, connected, and mature. Someone with passion and energy, capable of seeing things as they are and negotiating multiple priorities as she makes useful decisions without angst.”

“The future of publishing is about having connections to readers and the knowledge of what those readers want.”

“The people who are the best in the world specialize at getting really good at the questions they don’t know.”

“The problem with competition is that it takes away the requirement to set your own path, to invent your own method, to find a new way.”

“The secret of leadership is simple: Do what you believe in. Paint a picture of the future. Go there. People will follow.”

“The secret to being wrong isn’t to avoid being wrong! The secret is being willing to be wrong. The secret is realizing that wrong isn’t fatal.”

“The time to look for a new job is when you don’t need one. The time to switch jobs is before it feels comfortable.”

“The tragedy is that society (your school, your boss, your government, your family) keeps drumming the genius part out. The problem is that our culture has engaged in a Faustian bargain, in which we trade our genius and artistry for apparent stability.”

“Today, not starting is far, far worse than being wrong. If you start, you’ve got a shot at evolving and adjusting to turn your wrong into a right. But if you don’t start, you never get a chance.””

“Transferring your passion to your job is far easier than finding a job that happens to match your passion.”

“We’re not going to outgrow our need for information.”

“You cannot create a piece of art merely for money. Doing it as part of commerce so denudes art of wonder that it ceases to be art.”

Here is a great talk with Seth Godin as he discusses how he handles failure in life and overcoming writer’s block. Self-doubt is your worst enemy in this type of situation.

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