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Issue 66 - 01 | Brainwashed: Seven Ways to Reinvent Yourself

By Seth Godin
Published Jan. 13, 2010 11:03 p.m.
“Years ago, when you were about four years old, the system set out to persuade you of something that isn’t true.

Not just persuade, but drill, practice, reinforce, and yes, brainwash.

The mission: to teach you that you’re average. That compliant work is the best way to a reliable living. That creating average stuff for average people, again and again, is a safe and easy way to get what you want.

Step out of line and the system would nudge (or push) you back to the center. Show signs of real creativity, originality or even genius, and well-meaning parents, teachers and authority figures would eagerly line up to get you back in line.

Our culture needed compliant workers, people who would contribute without complaint, and we set out to create as many of them as we could.

And so generations of students turned into generations of cogs, factory workers in search of a sinecure. We were brainwashed into fitting in, and then discovered that the economy wanted people who stood out instead.

When exactly were we brainwashed into believing that the best way to earn a living is to have a job?

I think each one of us needs to start with that.”

About Seth Godin | Seth Godin is the author of 17 bestsellers that have been translated into 35 languages. He’s the founder of several companies, a member of the Direct Marketing Hall of Fame, and an influential speaker around the world. He writes about treating people with respect, the changing economy, and ideas that spread. Mostly, he creates projects, many of which end up failing. You can find his daily blog (5,500 posts so far) by typing his name into your favorite search engine.

To find out more about the new book, the only place to go is http://www.yourturn.link.


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