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A collection of motivational, life, marketing, leadership, entrepreneurship and success quotes by Seth Godin.

100 Inspirational Quotes By Seth Godin Will Change The Way You Look At Failure

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Seth Godin is modern day marketing wizard who has seventeen books to his credit. In his book ‘The Icarus Deception’ the author made an interesting reference to the story of Icarus, who was the son of Greek master inventor Daedalus.

He says, "Icarus. The original myth had two parts. Daedalus said to his son, 'I fashioned these wings for you. Two rules. Don't fly too high, or the sun will melt the wax. But, more important, son, don't fly too low. Because if you fly too low, the water and the waves will surely weigh down the wings, and you will die.' We've left out the second part of the myth. We don't say to people anymore, 'Don't fly too low.' All we do from the time they are 4 years old is warn them against hubris. We have created this industrially led structure that says: How dare you."

The marketing genius was also one of the few to realize the potential of internet and launched Yoyodyne in 1995. The company used online games, contests and the like to promote brands among participants.

Godin also spearheaded the community web platform Squidoo. Users could create pages on Squidoo which they could then use to sell products for commercial or charitable purposes.
The following is a section of inspirational quotes by entrepreneur and public speaker Seth Godin.
 

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

- Seth Godin

Change almost never fails because it's too early. It almost always fails because it's too late.

- Seth Godin

I define anxiety as experiencing failure in advance.

- Poke the Box, Seth Godin

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

- Seth Godin

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

- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, Seth Godin

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.

- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, Seth Godin

People don't believe what you tell them. They rarely believe what you show them. They often believe what their friends tell them. They always believe what they tell themselves.

- Seth Godin

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

- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, Seth Godin

How dare you settle for less when the world has made it so easy for you to be remarkable?

- Small Is the New Big: and 183 Other Riffs, Seth Godin

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.

- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, Seth Godin

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

- Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, Seth Godin

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

- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, Seth Godin

Soon is not as good as now.

- Poke the Box, Seth Godin

There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth. Not going all the way, and not starting.” Siddhrtha Gautama

- Poke the Box, Seth Godin

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.

- Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, Seth Godin

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

- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, Seth Godin

Reject the tyranny of picked. Pick yourself.

- Poke the Box, Seth Godin

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.

- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, Seth Godin

Change isn't made by asking permission. Change is made by asking forgiveness, later.

- Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, Seth Godin

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

- Seth Godin

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

- Stop Stealing Dreams, Seth Godin

How was your day? If your answer was "fine," then I don't think you were leading.

- Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, Seth Godin

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

- Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, Seth Godin

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

- Seth Godin

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

- Seth Godin

Leaders lead when they take positions, when they connect with their tribes, and when they help the tribe connect to itself.

- Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, Seth Godin

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

- Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, Seth Godin

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

- Seth Godin

Don't find customers for your products, find products for your customers.

- Seth Godin

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.

- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, Seth Godin

The Cul-de-Sac ( French for "dead end" ) ... is a situation where you work and work and work and nothing much changes

- The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit, Seth Godin

As our society gets more complex and our people get more complacent, the role of the jester is more vital than ever before. Please stop sitting around. We need you to make a ruckus.

- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, Seth Godin

Persistent people are able to visualize the idea of light at the end of the tunnel when others can't see it

- The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit, Seth Godin

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.

- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, Seth Godin

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.

- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, Seth Godin

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

- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, Seth Godin

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.

- Poke the Box, Seth Godin

Everyone will think it's stupid!" "Everyone says it's impossible." Guess what? Everyone works in the balloon factory and everyone is wrong.

- Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, Seth Godin

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

- The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit, Seth Godin

The combination of passion and art is what makes someone a linchpin.

- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, Seth Godin

I think art is the ability to change people with your work, to see things as they are and then create stories, images, and interactions that change the marketplace.

- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, Seth Godin

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

- Poke the Box, Seth Godin

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

- The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit, Seth Godin

We do not need to teach students to embrace the status quo.

- Stop Stealing Dreams, Seth Godin

...the greatest shortage in our society is an instinct to produce. To create solutions and hustle them out the door. To touch the humanity inside and connect to the humans in the marketplace.

- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, Seth Godin

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 Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit, Seth Godin

The best way to be missed when you're gone, Is to stand for something when you're here

- Seth Godin

We need students who can learn how to learn, who can discover how to push themselves and are generous enough and honest enough to engage with the outside world to make those dreams happen.

- Stop Stealing Dreams, Seth Godin

Strategic quitting is the secret of successful organizations

- The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit, Seth Godin

An individual artist needs only a thousand true fans in her tribe. It's enough.

- Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, Seth Godin

What is school for? If you're not asking that, you're wasting time and money.

- Stop Stealing Dreams, Seth Godin

As soon as we associate reading with a test, we've missed the point.

- Stop Stealing Dreams, Seth Godin

The Dip creates scarcity; scarcity creates value

- The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit, Seth Godin

If you don't know how it works, find out. If you're not sure if it will work, try it. If it doesn't make sense, play with it until it does. If it's not broken, break it. If it might not be true, find out.

- Seth Godin

Art isn't only a painting; it's anything that changes someone for the better, any nonanonymous interaction that leads to a human (not simply a commercial) conclusion.

- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, Seth Godin

A brilliant author or businesswoman or senator or software engineer is brilliant only in tiny bursts. The rest of the time, they’re doing work that most any trained person could do.

- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, Seth Godin

You get to keep making art as long as you are willing to make the choices that let you make your art.

- The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?, Seth Godin

Tell your lizard (brain) to shut up.

- Seth Godin

I define anxiety as experiencing failure in advance…and if you have anxiety about initiating a project, then of course you will associate risk with failure.

- Poke the Box, Seth Godin

A woodpecker can tap twenty times on a thousand trees and get nowhere, but stay busy. Or he can tap twenty-thousand times on one tree and get dinner.

- The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit, Seth Godin

Quite or be exceptional. Average is for losers.

- The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit, Seth Godin

The market ... demands a signal from you that you're serious, powerful, accepted, and safe.

- The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit, Seth Godin

If you can't be remarkable, perhaps you should consider doing nothing until you can.

- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, Seth Godin

You have everything you need to build something far bigger than yourself.

- Seth Godin

Leadership isn't something that people hand to you. ... [i]t's a gradual process, one where you take responsibility years before you are given authority. And that's something we can teach.

- Seth Godin

It's clearly more fun to make the rules than to follow them. ~ Seth Godin

- Seth Godin

Art has no right answer. The best we can hope for is an interesting answer.

- The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?, Seth Godin

One of the things that school is for is to teach our children to understand and relish the idea of intellectualism, to develop into something more than a purpose-driven tool for the industrial state.

- Stop Stealing Dreams, Seth Godin

Passion can overcome fear - the fear of losing, of failing, of being traditional.

- Stop Stealing Dreams, Seth Godin

Stick with the Dips that are likely to pan out, and quit the Cul-de-Sacs to focus your resources

- The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit, Seth Godin

Winners quit fast, quit often, and quit without guilt

- The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit, Seth Godin

Rich is my word for someone who can afford to make choices, who has enough resources to do more than merely survive.

- We Are All Weird: The Myth of Mass and The End of Compliance, Seth Godin

That's your opportunity--to approach your work in a way that generates unique learning and interactions that are worth sharing.

- Poke the Box, Seth Godin

Never quit something with great long-term potential just because you can’t deal with the stress of the moment.

- The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit, Seth Godin

Being surrounded by educated people makes democracy stronger, and it benefits our entire economy.

- Stop Stealing Dreams, Seth Godin

The current (educational) structure, which seeks low-cost uniformity that meets minimum standards, is killing our economy, our culture, and us.

- Stop Stealing Dreams, Seth Godin

So sure, start with a slogan. But don't bother wasting any time on it if you're merely going for catchy. Aim for true instead.

- Seth Godin

The reason you might choose to embrace the artist within you now is that this is the path to (cue the ironic music) security.

- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, Seth Godin

When your art fails, make better art.

- The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?, Seth Godin

The habit of doing more than is necessary can only be earned through practice.

- Seth Godin

The challenge is this: training creative, independent, and innovative artists is new to us.

- Stop Stealing Dreams, Seth Godin

Group projects are the exception in school, but they should be the norm.

- Stop Stealing Dreams, Seth Godin

The challenge, it turns out, isn’t in perfecting your ability to know when to start and when to stand by. The challenge is getting into the habit of

- Poke the Box, Seth Godin

The people who skip the hard questions are in the majority, but they are not in demand.

- The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit, Seth Godin

Once you’ve engaged with an organization or a relationship or a community, you owe it to your team to start. To initiate. To be the one who makes something happen. To do less is to steal from them.

- Poke the Box, Seth Godin

Anyone who says failure is not an option has also ruled out innovation.

- Seth Godin

This is an addictive pastime. You take no real risk, touch the world, and it responds. Repeat.

- Poke the Box, Seth Godin

Optimism is the most important human trait, because it allows us to evolve our ideas, to improve our situation, and to hope for a better tomorrow.

- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, Seth Godin

Artists are people with a genius for finding a new answer, a new connection, or a new way of getting things done. That would be you.

- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, Seth Godin

Art changes posture and posture changes innocent bystanders.

- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, Seth Godin

Marketing is the name we use to describe the promise a company makes, the story it tells, the authentic way it delivers on that promise.

- Seth Godin

Creating ideas that spread and connecting the disconnected are the two pillars of our new society, and both of them require the posture of the artist.

- The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?, Seth Godin

Our culture works hard to prevent change.

- Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, Seth Godin

The road to comfort is crowded and it rarely gets you there. Ironically, it’s those who seek out discomfort that are able to make a difference and find their footing.

- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, Seth Godin

The only way to get what you're worth is to stand out, to exert emotional labor, to be seen as indispensable, and to produce interactions that organizations and people care deeply about.

- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, Seth Godin

A genius looks at something that others are stuck on and gets the world unstuck. So the question is: Have you ever done that?

- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, Seth Godin

We have little choice but to move beyond quality and seek remarkable, connected, and new. Remarkable, as you've already figured out, demands initiative.

- Poke the Box, Seth Godin

The librarian is the interface between reams of data and the untrained but motivated user.

- Stop Stealing Dreams, Seth Godin

For many of us, the happiest future is one that's precisely like the past, except a little better

- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, Seth Godin

Art is original. Marcel Duchamp was an artist when he pioneered Dadaism and installed a urinal in a museum. The second person to install a urinal wasn't an artist, he was a plumber.

- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, Seth Godin