Giving it away

Seth Godin wrote a book called Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us. Lots of people ordered it in advance. I didn’t.

I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to buy it or not. I had downloaded other books of his. I had read a couple in the library. But I don’t actually buy many books. And certainly not many thin ones. ANd I likes his ideas but I wasn’t sure I was willing to invest in them, to make them mine.

On the day the book was released, so was an audio version. Unlike the print version, the audio version was free. Lots of people fussed (maybe the same people that had ordered it in advance). I didn’t fuss. I downloaded it.

And then I listened to the book. While driving. When I couldn’t take notes.

Except I did take notes. I scrawled the main points of how to start a micromovement on a receipt: (write a manifesto, make it easy for people to connect to you, make it easy for people to connect to each other, make it about more than the money, track progress toward the goal – all just typed from memory). I wrote the chapters about the difference between faith (essential) and religion (often restrictive, sometimes helpful for supporting faith) on my heart.

I finally gave in. I used my Borders coupon and bought the book.

He gave it away…and I still bought it. Because now I knew that it was worth the money. I knew that there was no way I was going to get everything I needed, all the benefit possible, without finally buying in.

Jesus told this story about people who been hired early in the day and worked all day. Some other people got hired at the end of the day. The guy doing payroll gave them the same amount. The early people complained that it wasn’t fair. The payroll guy said, “That’s what you agreed to, right?” They said yes, but, it’s not fair.

But they had what they needed to live. And that was the point.

And I have the book because I was able to taste and see that it was good.

And, after all, the author gets to make the rules. Not the tribe.


My advent ebook is now available as a FREE downloadable pdf, advent2008, (Right click on the link to the left and save the file to your computer). Or leave me a comment and I can email it to you. It’s also a digital book on yudu.

5 responses to “Giving it away

  1. I also downloaded the free book. My problem with listening was that it would spark an idea and I’d start working it and miss the rest of the Godin points! So I too have picking up a physical copy on my list.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  2. thanks Jim. Nice to know it wasn’t just me!

  3. i read the book on my holiday. it’s good stuff.

  4. Thanks for reading, guys!

  5. thank you for writing…and reading, Seth.