Reading Seth Godin’s latest book is like reading his blog or email. The chapters are short and there’s full of overlapping ideas and different things to hit your mind. When I first started reading it, I wondered whether I would not like it like his previous book, “This Is Marketing” or whether I would adore it like “The Dip”.
For me, Seth is at his best when he focuses on one idea and explores it deeply. The Dip worked because it taught one thing. I spread that idea to all of my guitar students. Why? Because he explained so well. I also talked about 4 lessons for musicians from Seth Godin in an old blog post.
With The Practice, I went on a journey to discover different ideas, some familiar and some new. But, even after reading the entire book, my impression is of a collage and the general idea is, “Make stuff, keep making stuff”.
This is great of course! And based on what Seth wrote in the book, my opinions in this context as a reviewer probably doesn’t matter to him as he stopped reading reviews. Still, it makes me want to reread This Is Marketing to see whether I still feel the same about that book now compared to how I felt when I first read it.
In short, if you’re a creative of any kind AND you’ve enjoyed Seth’s previous writings, you might dig this book. At the very least, you might get some inspiration or ideas. Organization wise though, the book feels like it all over the place.
If I had a systematic book note taking process like Tiago Forte’s Build A Second Brain, the book might make more sense to me. But for now. it’s something I’m glad I’ve read but probably not a book I will reread again soon. I’ll write and make more art instead, which means the book probably succeeded.
Pros: Lots of ideas about creativity, the creative process and making art.
Cons: All over the place, seems disorganized.
TLDR: Love Seth’s work? Get this if you’re curious about what he’s doing now but you’re not enrolling in his cohort based courses.
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