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August 13th, 2010

A Bit of Me(Me) ~ Will work for Guinness

by Gwen


Welcome to another fun-filled Saturday thanks to There’s A Book and her thought provoking questions.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for 24 hours, where would you go?

This question was a wee bit easier for me to answer than the ones from the past. You see there is one place that I have been wanting to go since I was knee high to the sheep on their rolling green hills. I have never been there, but have always felt it calling me home in my heart.

by NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Thanks to NASA for this shot

I want to go to Ireland.


The beautiful chilly vistas to the sea.


The Banger, the Sausage, the Corned Beef….can you hand me a napkin?


A wee bar to wet the whistle before we go on to our finial destination.


Just one more wee pick me up before we head to the scariest castle in Ireland….ans I swear that there is no real reason that this picture is bigger than the others….Did you see the pattern in the foam? That takes skill, just saying.

Ballygally Castle

Somewhere I would try to dig up my ancestors, buy a sweater, play a round of golf and if the time is right and we had planned well, I would love to get married in Ireland. (Just don’t tell my guy that….he freaks whenever I bring up the “M” word)


August 13th, 2010

Review~ Linchpin by Seth Godin

by Gwen


We are trained to be a cog in the machine, but what happens when you go against the grain by being innovative, active, and jumping into the deep end of the pool? You become indispensable. You become a linchpin.

Seth Godin is a master at pointing out what should be obvious, but most of us don’t see. If you want to create passion in your work and life, go for it. See an idea that would make your work easier and more efficient? Make it happen and reap the rewards personally and professionally.  Godin says that we need to be artists. No, don’t get out the paints and brushes, he defines an art is what we are making when we are doing our best work, no matter the means or the media.

At times, Godin sounds like your own personal cheerleader, which is very motivating. With 14 chapters about making the choice to become a linchpin and the 7 about the abilities of the linchpin, one will learn how to go from just going along with the crowd to being a leader. The message is very clear, to survive in business you need to make yourself indispensable, you need to be a linchpin.

The above makes it sound great, but I need to mention something. I actually reviewed this book months ago for a publication and while doing the review for Chew & Digest now, I realized something. Not one thing of what I read in this book has been “sticky” for me. While very motivating at the time, I have not walked away with anything lasting. That may just be me and self employed work environment. I can’t fire myself.

If your job entails wearing pants with zippers, bosses, and the like, it might suit you ten times better. Seth Godin is a God to many people. I don’t say that to offend you or him, he just has a lot of good things to say and a lot of reach.

Linchpin by Seth Godin

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Hardcover (January 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591843162
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591843160