101 Seth Godin Quotes on Marketing, Leadership, Change

101 Seth Godin Quotes on Marketing, Leadership, Change

Seth Godin Quotes: Widely known as the top-notch dot com American business executive, Seth Godin began his entrepreneurial journey by using his 20,000$ savings to found the Seth Godin productions in New York City. After churning out money for numerous years, he sold his food packaging business and started focusing solely on permission marketing. He sold his venture Yoyodyne to Yahoo for $30 million and became Yahoo’s vice president of direct marketing. He is also the author of numerous books and one of the most popular ones is Purple Cow which sold a little less than half a million copies in the first two years. To know more about the pragmatic approach and marketing genius of Seth Godin, have a look at inspirational Seth Godin Quotes on Marketing and leadership that will propel you to question everything you are doing in life.

Seth Godin Quotes on Marketing

My blogging life is basically goalless. I like the zen nature of that, and paradoxically, it improves results. » 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

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Marketing is a contest for people’s attention. » Seth Godin

The job is what you do when you are told what to do. The job is showing up at the factory, following instructions, meeting spec, and being managed.

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I call the process of doing your art ‘the work.’ It’s possible to have a job and do the work, too. In fact, that’s how you become a linchpin.

In a crowded marketplace, fitting in is a failure. In a busy marketplace, not standing out is the same as being invisible. » Seth Godin

Seth Godin Quotes on marketing

Art is what we call…the thing an artist does.

Art is not in the …eye of the beholder. It’s in the soul of the artist. » Seth Godin

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I learned that a long walk and calm conversation are an incredible combination if you want to build a bridge. » Seth Godin

Art isn’t only a painting. Art is anything that’s creative, passionate, and personal. And great art resonates with the viewer, not only with the creator.

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Being aware of your fear is smart. Overcoming it is the mark of a successful person. » Seth Godin

Do you know what people want more than anything? They want to be missed. They want to be missed the day they don’t show up. They want to be missed when they’re gone. » Seth Godin

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

Change almost never fails because it’s too early. It almost always fails because it’s too late. » Seth Godin

Seth Godin Quotes for marketing

Kickstarter isn’t a profit center, it’s an organizer and an instigator. » Seth Godin

Anxiety is experiencing failure in advance. » Seth Godin

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Permission marketing turns strangers into friends and friends into loyal customers. It’s not just about entertainment – it’s about education. Permission marketing is curriculum marketing. » 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. » Seth Godin

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Dig your well before you’re thirsty. » Seth Godin

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

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People will follow. » Seth Godin

When enough people care about autism or diabetes or global warming, it helps everyone, even if only a tiny fraction actively participate. » Seth Godin

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

I think the most productive thing to do during times of change is to be your best self, not the best version of someone else. » Seth Godin

What tribes are, is a very simple concept that goes back 50 million years. It’s about leading and connecting people and ideas. And it’s something that people have wanted forever. » Seth Godin

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

The future of publishing is about having connections to readers and the knowledge of what those readers want. » Seth Godin

A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea. For millions of years, human beings have been part of one tribe or another. A group needs only two things to be a tribe: a shared interest and a way to communicate. » Seth Godin

I think that the economics of book publishing favor hits with long book runs. You make all your money on the last bunch of books, not the first. » Seth Godin

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

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

Being a leader gives you charisma. If you look and study the leaders who have succeeded, that’s where charisma comes from, from the leading. » Seth Godin

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

And it turns out that tribes, not money, not factories, that can change our world, that can change politics, that can align large numbers of people. Not because you force them to do something against their will. But because they wanted to connect. » 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. » Seth Godin

The danger of the Web is that you can go from idea to public announcement in under ten minutes. » Seth Godin

A bully is playing a game, one that he or she enjoys and needs. You’re welcome to play this game if it makes you happy, but for most people, it will make you miserable. » Seth Godin

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

The way to work with a bully is to take the ball and go home. First time, every time. When there’s no ball, there’s no game. Bullies hate that. So they’ll either behave so they can play with you or they’ll go bully someone else. » Seth Godin

Here’s the truth you have to wrestle with: the reason that art (writing, engaging, leading, all of it) is valuable is precisely why I can’t tell you how to do it. If there were a map, there’d be no art, because art is the act of navigating without a map. Don’t you hate that? I love that there’s no map.”

This notion that it is up to each person to innovate in some way flies in the face of the industrial age, but you know what, the industrial age is over. » Seth Godin

Soon is not as good as now. » Seth Godin

If a product’s future is unlikely to be remarkable – if you can’t imagine a future in which people are once again fascinated by your product – it’s time to realize that the game has changed. Instead of investing in a dying product, take profits and reinvest them in building something new. » Seth Godin

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

If you’re going to buy a real book, a paper book, there better be a good reason. Perhaps scarcity is one of those reasons. » 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. » 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. » Seth Godin

We’re not going to outgrow our need for information. » Seth Godin

Change isn’t made by asking permission. Change is made by asking forgiveness, later. » Seth Godin

The thing about information is that information is more valuable when people know it. There’s an exception for business information and super timely information, but in all other cases, ideas that spread win. » Seth Godin

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

If we live in a world where information drives what we do, the information we get becomes the most important thing. The person who chooses that information has power. » 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. Seth Godi

One reason I encourage people to blog is that the act of doing it stretches your available vocabulary and hones a new voice. » Seth Godin

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. When your uncomfortable actions lead to success, the organization rewards you and brings you back for more. » Seth Godin

Most people have bosses who hire them to fill a slot in the work chart and to do what they are told. And most people who are doing what they are told feel safe; it feels reliable. » Seth Godin

Reject the tyranny of picked. Pick yourself. » Seth Godin

If you’re going to build a lean enterprise, you can test and measure how often the company ships iterations, how often it fails, how often it is putting things in front of people that don’t work. » Seth Godin

The minute there’s a map, there is no art. Paint by numbers is not art. Paint by numbers is a mechanical activity. » Seth Godin

I was lucky enough to co-found a business in college that ended up with 400 employees, and I launched 20 different projects while I was there – a project a week. » 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. » Seth Godin

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. » Seth Godin

I find that I have about six bloggable ideas a day. I also find that writing twice as long a post doesn’t increase communication, it usually decreases it. And finally, I found that people get antsy if there are unread posts in their queue. » Seth Godin

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

I made a decision to write for my readers, not to try to find more readers for my writing. » Seth Godin

The Net is not television. It is the finest direct-marketing mechanism in the history of mankind. It is direct mail with free stamps, and it allows you to create richer and deeper relationships than you’ve ever been able to create before. » Seth Godin

Habits like blogging often and regularly, writing down the way you think, being clear about what you think are effective tactics, ignoring the burbling crowd and not eating bacon. All of these are useful habits. » Seth Godin

How was your day? If your answer was “fine,” then I don’t think you were leading. » Seth Godin

I think there’s plenty of room for blogs that exist to pay the blogger, or blogs that exist to turn a profit. That’s just not the kind of blog I’m writing, and I’m not the kind of blogger that could do that. » Seth Godin

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

If failure is not an option, then neither is success. » Seth Godin

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

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. Not to mention a better way to make your day worth all the effort you put into it. » Seth Godin

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

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

Quit or be exceptional. Average is for losers. » Seth Godin

Don’t wait for the right answer and the golden path to present themselves.

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

Step by step, page by page, interaction by interaction. As you start moving, you can’t help but improve, can’t help but incrementally find yourself getting back toward your north star.

Don’t just start. Continue. Ship. Repeat. » Seth Godin

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

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

Winners quit fast, quit often, and quit without guilt » Seth Godin

An individual artist needs only a thousand true fans in her tribe. It’s enough. » Seth Godin

The librarian isn’t a clerk who happens to work in a library. A librarian is a data hound, a guide, a sherpa and a teacher. The librarian is the interface between reams of data and the untrained but motivated user. » Seth Godin

The Dip creates scarcity; scarcity creates value » Seth Godin

If your organization requires success before commitment, it will never have either. Part of leadership (a big part of it, actually) is the ability to stick with the dream for a long time. Long enough that the critics realize that you’re going to get there one way or another…so they follow. » 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. » 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. » Seth Godin

When you set down the path to create art, whatever sort of art it is, understand that the path is neither short not easy. That means you must determine if the route is worth the effort. If it’s not, dream bigger. » Seth Godin

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

believe that giving up is the same thing as being realistic. » Seth Godin

As soon as we associate reading with a test, we’ve missed the point. » Seth Godin

The best way to be missed when you’re gone, Is to stand for something when you’re here » Seth Godin

What is school for? If you’re not asking that, you’re wasting time and money. » Seth Godin

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

We drink the can, not the beverage. » Seth Godin