Key Takeaways from “Lynchpin” by Seth Godin

Linchpin by Seth Godin Like a fast food restaurant, some books give you pithy leadership advice . . . quick and satisfying hits without much effort on your part.

Lynchpin isn’t one of those books.

In it, Seth Godin pulls out the white tablecloths and fine china. He serves a seven course meal of ideas to savor slowly.

I spent weeks carefully reading and processing this book. This is a good thing for leaders to do from time to time. Our best opportunities to develop happen when we allow ourselves the space to reflect and slowly ingest what ideas we take in.

Linchpin by Seth GodinHere are some key takeaways from Seth Godin’s Linchpin:

> Prior to the Industrial Revolution, gifted artisans made things. The more unique and individual the work, the more valuable it was.

> The Industrial Revolution made producing homogenous products faster and cheaper.

> Assembly lines and factories offered workers a deal: give up your unique skills and ideas in exchange for an adequate but steady paycheck. Schools and corporations championed the idea of fitting in over being unique. Homogenous people were needed as easily replaceable cogs in the factories where those homogenous products were made faster and cheaper.

> This worked well until a few years ago when we reached the peak of manufacturing efficiency. Chasing ever-cheaper means of product production no longer works. The premise behind “the deal” with workers collapsed.

> Now the economy must reinvent itself (and workers along with it). Going forward, successful people will be “linchpins” . . . those who stand out rather than fit in.

> No two people are the same, just as no two snowflakes are the same. Each of us has things we do extremely well. These things are our “art”.

> The best thing we can do with our art is to give it away. When we give gifts without expectation of reciprocity it creates human connection and relationships.

(Pretty deep stuff, huh? I told you it takes time to process!)

> Linchpins are people who not only excel at their unique art (maximize their unique strengths), but create connection between people. They initiate ideas, work hard and make themselves indispensable to their organizations or the independent businesses they own.

> There is a primitive part of our head that Godin calls The Lizard Brain. It keeps us alive through our survival instincts, primarily through fear. By necessity, The Lizard Brain takes priority over the more refined parts of our minds.

> We must learn to disregard the fear messages sent by our Lizard Brain in order to hear our artistic mind. This is what makes us valuable in our post-Industrial Revolution economy.

In short, Linchpin encourages us to stand out, not fit in. We are to use our strengths to be unique (because that which is unique is not easily replaced, even in tough economic times).

The next time you’re looking to challenge yourself as a leader and spend some time in thought, I highly encourage you to read Linchpin by Seth Godin. It’s a great experience and well worth the effort.

QUOTES FROM SETH GODIN’S LINCHPIN

Linchpin by Seth GodinIf you’re not indispensable (yet) it’s because you haven’t made that choice.

Revolutions are frightening because the new benefits sometimes lag behind the old pain.

The hard work isn’t lifting or shoving or sharpening. The hard work is being brave enough to make a difference.

The culture of gifts has a long history on this planet, and understanding how it brings people together is a critical step in becoming indispensable.

Indispensable Linchpins are not waiting for instructions, but instead, figuring out what to do next. If you have a job where someone tells you what to do next, you’ve just given up the chance to create value.

Your personality and attitude are more important than the actual work product you create, because indispensable work is work that is connected to others.

A genius looks at something that others are stuck on and gets the world unstuck.

All of us are geniuses sometimes. The tragedy is that our society keeps drumming the genius part out.

We trade our genius and artistry for apparent stability.

Stop asking what’s in it for you and start giving gifts that change people.

The educated, hard-working masses are still doing what they’re told, but they’re no longer getting what they deserve.

If you’re not doing as well as you hoped, perhaps it’s because the rules of the game were changed, and no one told you.

You weren’t born to be a cog in the giant industrial machine. You were trained to become a cog.

You are not one of the myriad of interchangeable pieces, but a unique human being, and if you’ve got something to say, say it, and think well of yourself while you’re learning to say it better. – David Marmet

We are surrounded by bureaucrats, note takers, literalists, manual readers, TGIF laborers, map followers, and fearful employees.

There is no longer a clear path to satisfaction in working for the man.

The type of low-risk, high stability jobs that three-quarters of us crave have turned into dead-end traps of dissatisfaction and unfair risk.

The cause of workplace suffering is the desire of organizations to turn employees into replaceable cogs in a vast machine.

The indispensable employee brings humanity and connection and art to her organization.

Like scared civilians eager do whatever a despot tells of them, we give up our freedoms and responsibilities in exchange for the certainty that comes from being told what to do.

People want to be told what to do because they are afraid of figuring it out for themselves.

If you make your business possible to replicate, you’re not going to be the one to replicate it. Others will.

The people you’re hoping will hire you, buy from you, support you, and interact with you have more choices and less time than ever before.

You can always succeed for awhile with the cheapest, but you earn your place in the market with humanity and leadership.

There are no longer any great jobs where someone else tells you precisely what to do.

Any project, if broken down into sufficiently small, predictable parts, can be accomplished for awfully close to free.

Mediocre is merely a failed attempt to be really good.

Corporations have no right to our attention.

The only way to get what you’re worth is to stand out, to exert emotional labor, to be seen as indispensable, and to produce interactions that organizations and people care deeply about.

Most schools don’t like great teachers. They’re organized to stamp them out, bore them, bureaucratize them, and make them average.

Why are you working so hard to bury your natural-born instincts?

I’ve never met someone who had no art in them, though it’s buried sometimes.

We need you to stand up and be remarkable. Be human. Contribute. Interact.

Take the risk that you might make someone upset with your initiative, innovation, and insight – it turns out that you’ll probably delight them instead.

Consumers say that all they want are cheap commodities. Given the choice, though, most of us, most of the time, seek out art.

If you want a job where it’s okay to follow the rules, don’t be surprised if you get a job where following the rules is all you get to do.

If you want a job where the people who work for you do exactly what they’re told, don’t be surprised if your boss expects precisely the same thing from you.

If you want a job where you get to do more than follow instructions, don’t be surprised if you get asked to do things they never taught you in school.

If you want a job where you take intellectual risks all day long, don’t be surprised if your insights get you promoted.

Your outlook is completely due to your worldview.

Of course you can do something that matters. I’m wondering if you want to.

If you can be human at work, not a machine, you’ll discover a passion for work you didn’t know you had.

We’ve been trained to believe that mediocre obedience is a genetic fact for most of the population, but it’s interesting to note that this trait doesn’t show up until after a few years of schooling.

‘Keeping up with the Joneses’ is not a genetic predisposition. It’s an invented need.

Very few of us set out to be average or to be typical.

The essential thing measured by school is whether or not you’re good at school.

Many successful people got that way despite schooling, not because of it.

Solve interesting problems.

Leading is a skill, not a gift. You’re not born with it, you learn how. And schools can teach leadership as easily as they figured out how to teach compliance.

Calming your boss’ anxiety is the first step in getting the organization to embrace the change you will be making.

It doesn’t matter if you are always right. It matters that you’re always moving.

A brilliant author or businesswoman or senator or software engineer is brilliant only in teeny bursts. The rest of the time, they’re doing work that most any trained person could do.

It is the art and the insight and the bravery of value creation that are rewarded.

Expertise gives you enough insight to reinvent what everybody else assumes is the truth.

You can spend your time on stage pleasing the heckler in the back, or you can be devoted to the audience that came to hear you perform.

Organizations that can bring humanity and flexibility to their interaction with other human beings will thrive.

We spend time and energy trying to perfect our craft, but we don’t focus on the skills and interactions that will allow us to stand out and become indispensable to our organization.

The Linchpin feels the fear, acknowledges it, then proceeds.

Innovative solutions to new problems don’t get old.

Art is never defect-free.

They understand that there is no map, no step-by-step plan, and no way to avoid blame now and then.

Things that are remarkable never make spec, because that would make them standardized, not worth talking about.

If it wasn’t a mystery, it would be easy. If it were easy, it wouldn’t be worth much.

Good art is useless and banal. No one crosses the street to buy good art, or becomes loyal to a good artist. (Do great art.)

We’ve been teaching, cajoling, and yes, forcing people to hide their empathy and their creativity and pretend that they are fast-moving automatons, machines designed to do the company’s bidding.

As our economy has matured and mechanized, seeking out and adhering to the norm has become unprofitable.

Projects are the new resumes.

You are not your resume. You are your work.

If the game is designed for you to lose, don’t play that game. Play a different one.

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.

You can work for a company that wants indispensable people, or you can work for a company that works to avoid them.

Work is nothing but a platform for art and the emotional labor that goes with it.

The gift is to the giver, and comes back to him. – Walt Whitman

Most artists can’t draw. – Roy Simmons

Great art resonates with the viewer, not only with the creator.

An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo.

Art is a personal gift that changes the recipient. The medium doesn’t matter. The intent does.

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

Art is a personal gift that changes the recipient.

Art is the product of emotional labor. If it’s easy and risk-free, it’s unlikely that it’s art.

There’s always a gift intent on the part of the artist.

Art is unique, new, and challenging to the status quo. It is not decoration; it’s something that causes change.

The moment you are willing to sell your time for money is the moment you cease to be the artist you’re capable of being.

When you give something away, you benefit more than the recipient does.

When it is time for layoffs, the safest job belongs to the artist, the Linchpin, the one who can’t easily be outsourced or replaced.

Certain sorts of art make us cry without embarrassment.

If you don’t pinpoint your audience, you end up making your art for the loudest, crankiest critics.

The easier it is to quantify, the less it’s worth.

Passion is caring enough about your art that you will do almost anything to give it away, to make it a gift, to change people.

When an artist stops work before his art is received, his work is unfulfilled.

Everyone, every single person, has been a genius at least once. If you can do it once, you can do it again.

The economy is ruthlessly punishing the fearful, and increasing the benefits to the few who are brave enough to create art and generous enough to give it away.

Creativity is an instinct to produce. – Bruce Ario.

Artists think along the edges of the box, because that’s where things get done.

I’ve produced more than 100 books, but if I hadn’t, I never have the chance to write this one.

The only purpose of starting is just to finish, and while the projects we do are never really finished, they must ship.

Any project worth doing involves invention, inspiration, and at least a little bit of making stuff up.

Being productive at someone else’s task list is not the same as making your own map.

Successful people are successful for one simple reason: they think about failure differently.

You become a winner because you’re good at losing.

Discomfort brings engagement and change. Discomfort means you’re doing something that others were unlikely to do, because they’re busy hiding out in the comfortable zone.

The people who break through usually have nothing to lose and they almost never have a backup plan.

One way to become creative is to discipline yourself to generate bad ideas. The worse the better. Do it a lot and magically you’ll discover that some good ones slip through.

You’re as capable as the next guy of insight, invention, or connection that makes a difference.

The temptation to sabotage the new thing is huge, precisely because the new thing might work.

Becoming more average, more quick, and more cheap is not as productive as it used to be.

Fear of living without a map is the main reason people are so insistent that we tell them what to do.

The smell of fear is the best indicator we have not to trust the other side.

Don’t listen to the cynics.  They’re cynics for a reason.

Late is the first step to never.

Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you’re doing, so except that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it.

The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.

Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.

Done is the engine of more.

Trivial art isn’t worth the trouble it takes to produce it.

The difference between a successful artist and a failed one happens after the idea is hatched. The difference is the race to completion. Did you finish?

Anxiety is needless and imaginary. It’s fear about fear, fear that means nothing.

Anxiety doesn’t protect you from danger, but from doing great things.

No rewards for worriers.

The very thing you are afraid of occurs, precisely because you’re afraid of it.

A gift always creates a surplus as it spreads.

The astonishing fact is that most successful people in the world are those who don’t do it for the money.

The most successful givers aren’t doing it because they’re being told to. They do it because doing it is fun. It gives them joy.

Great bosses hire motivated people, set high expectations, and give their people room to be remarkable.

Respect is the gift you can offer in return.

Abandoning your worldview in order to try on someone else’s is the first step in being able to see things as they are.

The ability to see the world as it is begins with an understanding that perhaps it’s not your job to change what can’t be changed.

When our responses turn into reactions and we set out to teach people a lesson, we lose.

If you deliberately try to create a future that feels safe, you will willfully ignore the future that is likely.

Opportunities come after inspiration. We are not inspired by opportunities.

If your agenda is set by someone else and it doesn’t lead you where you want to go, why is it your agenda?

You can either fit in or stand out. Not both.

Being slightly remarkable is a losing strategy. Stand out.

How we respond to the opportunities and challenges of the outside world now determines how much the outside world values us.

Real change rarely comes from the front of the line.

Conventional wisdom is that you should find a job that matches your passion. I think this is backwards.

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

When your people do what they do because they love it, it works. Even if they’re not as technically adept as the competition.

If you can do it brilliantly once, just once, then of course you can do it again.

If you burn out along the way, you’re not doing anyone a favor.

Dignity is more important than wealth.

After people have “enough” what they crave is dignity.

The individual who collects, connects, and nurtures relationships is indispensable.

Leadership starts with the gift you give, not with the manipulation you attempt.

Understanding that your job is to make something happen changes what you do all day.

Mentoring is rarely about the facts, but instead is a transfer of emotion and confidence.

Be bolder and think bigger. Nothing is stopping you.

Humility is our antidote to what is inevitably not going to go according to plan.

Humility permits us to approach a problem with kindness and not arrogance.

Trying and failing is better than merely failing, because trying makes you an artist and gives you the right to try again.

If you work for an organization that insists you be mediocre, that enforces conformity in all its employees, why stay?

You don’t start with the confidence of the company; you earn it.

You’re gifted, but you might not be gifted at what you’re doing right now.

Everybody has their own private Mount Everest they were put on this earth to climb.

The best way to get approval is not to need it.

Don’t try to stand out from the crowd; avoid crowds altogether.

Savor obscurity while it lasts.

You are responsible for your own experience.

Power is never given. Power is taken.

Beware of turning hobbies into jobs.

Merit can be bought. Passion can’t.

When your dreams become reality, they are no longer your dreams.

Dying young is overrated.

Don’t worry about finding inspiration. It comes eventually.

If your business plan depends on you suddenly being discovered by some big shot, your plan will probably fail.

Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten.

Companies that squelch creativity can no longer compete with companies that champion creativity.

The hardest part of being creative is getting used to it.

Selling out is harder than it looks.

Avoid the watercooler gang.

Put the hours in.

The more talented somebody is, the less they need the props.

So, what’s smart? Living life without regret.

The certain thing is that you can change everything. If you choose to.

We can’t profitably get more average.

We’ve gone against our true nature and corporatized, anonymized, and dehumanized as many of our systems as we possibly can.

Which of Seth Godin’s ideas from Linchpin resonate with you? Leave a comment below.


 

Top Quotes From Catalyst East 2013

The Catalyst East leadership conference was 10/2-10/4 in Atlanta. Here are some of the top quotes from the #Catalyst Twitter feed:

CATALYST NOTES DAY 2 – FRIDAY

@aaronmora07: Ready for day two at #Catalyst! Yesterday was pretty incredible. Ready for God to speak today. #needcoffee

@TeachingSteph: “Inheritance is what you leave someone. Legacy is what you leave in someone.” – @reggiejoiner

@balderdan: Put a suitcase in the nursery. Let it remind you they’ll be gone before you know it, & take with them what you help them pack.

@hailleywhite: “The greatest gift you can give someone is time. Until a person is known, they won’t know what it is to be loved.” @reggiejoiner

@CatalystLeader: “Churches that don’t have fun have a spiritual issue.” – @reggiejoiner

@umcpastorj: The best gift you can give someone is your time. Choose who you give to very carefully. – @reggiejoiner

@carlnichols: “Until someone is known it is impossible for them to feel loved.” @reggiejoiner

@ToddLowans: ‘Fame lived for applause, legacy lives to give applause.’ – Reggie Joiner

@timberlakeranch: “As soon as a daughter is born, you start learning how to let go.” @reggiejoiner

@CatalystLeader: “Leaving a legacy has less to do with being magnificent and has more to do with being ordinary.” @ReggieJoiner

@jesseland324: When u see how much time u have left, u tend to get serious about the time u have now. #catalyst

@cwinton81: “Legacy has more to do with lifting a child up than making a name for yourself.” @reggiejoiner

@DivaDThatsMe: Jesus didn’t say “change your neighbor as yourself”…. – Reggie Joiner #catalyst #Icantchangepeople #buticanloveafew

@lindyjroberts: I cannot change anyone, but I can love a few. – @reggiejoiner

@CatalystLeader: “You will only be remembered by the people who know you now.” – @ReggieJoiner

@CatalystLeader: “Legacy is about doing things consistently over time for the people who are around you.” – @ReggieJoiner

@jdcastellente: “Make what matters, matter more.” -@reggiejoiner

@JakeRainwater: Time is a platform of Gods love. Time➗Love=Worth

@GoAMPStudents: “Focus on the things that you can do and accomplish” @reggiejoiner

@GoAMPStudents: Would you rather be reliable or remarkable? What makes a bigger difference to others? @ReggieJoiner

@joshuaklane: “The best way to know someone is to love them” – Reggie Joiner

@jdcastellente: “Love over time, gives people worth.” -@reggiejoiner

RT @CatalystLeader: “The greatest gift you can give someone is your time.” – @ReggieJoiner #Catalyst

RT @CatalystLeader: “The moment you have is now with the people you are with now.” – @reggiejoiner #Catalyst

@BrianKDodd: 26 Leadership Quotes and Lessons from @ReggieJoiner from #Catalyst ’13 http://t.co/vJGQNPUzps. @TheRocketCo is live blogging from the event

@CatalystLeader: “God miraculously positioned you in this generation for a purpose.” – @PriscillaShirer

@CatalystLeader: “Everything you need God already is.” – @PriscillaShirer

@jdcastellente: “We complain when God places us where we don’t want to be not knowing it’s there he gives us what we’re needing” @PriscillaShirer

@RonEdmondson: “If you want to change the world you have to be crazy enough to believe you can.”

@CatalystLeader: “Since the beginning of time, there has been a war for your soul.” – @PriscillaShirer

@CatalystLeader: “Everything you need God already is.” – @PriscillaShirer

@spulliam: Adoptive mom @SenLandrieu, Democratic senator, is making a big push for adoption here at #Catalyst. “Parents raise children.”

@CatalystHipster: @DaveRamsey is on at #catalyst. Everyone just hid their iPhone 5S. #Stewardship

@ShaneBengry: Skipping out on @DaveRamsey at #Catalyst to enjoy his free coffee at the pastors lounge #GoodStewardship

@Mrcreft: You will die sooner than you think… #Catalyst

@WhitneyHughes4: I have now seen not one, but TWO guys wearing my button up denim shirt within the past day. #catalyst #toomanywannabehipsters

@CatalystLeader: “I don’t own anything. I’m only managing the resources that God has blessed me with.” @DaveRamsey @RachelCruze #Catalyst

@dphilli4: Ticket to #Braves game tonight – $46 Ticket to #Catalyst – $179
Ride from Gwinnett Center to Turner Field – PRICELESS. Help!! #notacreeper

@CatalystLeader: “The battle rages but the war is won!” – @JOHNNYSWIM #Catalyst

@BrettEDurham: We’ve got to Love these peeps working concessions at #Catalyst. Cool people who need to see the love of Jesus!

@CatalystLeader: You don’t own anything. God owns it all. @DaveRamsey #catalyst

@CatalystLeader: “When it comes to raising kids, more is caught then taught.” @daveramsey @RachelCruze #catalyst

@CatalystLeader: “Who you are speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you say.” – @CoryBooker #Catalyst

@IJM: Talent is important but values are more important. @CoryBooker #Catalyst

@IJM: Fear is the opposite of love. It’s what makes us small. Love makes us large. -@CoryBooker #Catalyst

@CatalystLeader: “Purpose is more important than position.” – @CoryBooker #Catalyst

@CatalystLeader: “You can’t have great discoveries without getting lost.” – @CoryBooker #Catalyst

@CatalystLeader: “The world you see outside of you is a reflection of the world inside of you. How do you see the world?” – @CoryBooker #Catalyst

@CatalystLeader: “Your emotions are choices. You have the power to choose your response.” – @CoryBooker #Catalyst

@CatalystLeader: “Authenticity is one of the great challenges of life. Stay true to yourself and your calling.” – @CoryBooker #Catalyst

@CatalystLeader: “We weren’t born to fit in, we were born to stand out.” – @CoryBooker #Catalyst

@CatalystLeader: “Being loyal to your purpose is more important than your position.” – @CoryBooker #Catalyst

@CatalystLeader: “If you’re passionate and stay true to your purpose, you’ll end up in places you could have never imagined.” – @CoryBooker #Catalyst

@CatalystLeader: “Expressing gratitude is one of the most healing things you can do.” – @CoryBooker #Catalyst

@CatalystLeader: “I don’t own anything. I’m only managing the resources that God has blessed me with.” @DaveRamsey @RachelCruze #Catalyst

@spulliam: Newark mayor Cory Booker, Dem Senate candidate, at #catalyst: “We’re all created in the image of God. There’s no one we can’t learn from.”

@ChristinaGard: “Love the calling you have and not the one you wish you had.” @judwilhite #catalyst

@CatalystLeader: “If you love God, you have to love what God loves. And God loves His Church.” – @JudWilhite #Catalyst

@CatalystLeader: “If you don’t love the Church, you forfeit the right to critique it and make it better.” – @JudWilhite #Catalyst

@CatalystLeader: “Everybody loves you ’til you lead.” – @JudWilhite #Catalyst

@JBDewell: “Social media is a billboard, not a diary.” @JudWilhite #Catalyst

@CatalystLeader: “Stop comparing your church to others.” – @JudWilhite #Catalyst

@CatalystLeader: We can’t make people fall in love with Jesus, but we can set up dates. @AndyStanley #Catalyst

@CatalystLeader: If you could only do what only you could do, what would that be? @AndyStanley #Catalyst

@CatalystLeader: Most decisions are pre-decided when the mission is crystal clear. @AndyStanley #Catalyst

@CatalystLeader: Always have an answer to these 3 questions: What are we doing? Why are we doing it? Where do I fit in? via @AndyStanley #Catalyst

@MoniqueSummers: “Look here, God is going to take @DuckDynastyAE where He wants it, and to whoever He wants to take it to.” – Uncle Si #Catalyst

@Xelaju4: The creator gave me orders to kill it and grill it. #Catalyst #DuckDynasty

@bivopastor: This group just offered 2 free downloads to pastors. free offering talks. http://t.co/YZ0f3up73X

@CatalystLeader: The string artist who was in the #known video and created all the beautiful art for this year is @aaronleeharris, check out his work!

@Wildcat456: So, none of my tweets made it on the #bigscreen, I didn’t find a cool Christian hipster husband but the church stuff was awesome. #Catalyst

@MsGustama: I said it before and I’ll say it again … #catalyst is by far the BEST conference I’ve ever attended. I am a @CatalystLeader

@timrpeters: Download a free eBook with notes and quotes from #Catalyst http://t.co/U88FdBs5OD

@CatalystLeader: Do not leave without your #Catalyst Atlanta 2013 Experience Kit. If you aren’t attending, buy yours online! http://t.co/Gvx40fQxhL #fb

@CatalystLeader: That’s a wrap folks! May you be wrecked by the love of Jesus. via @jeannestevens #Catalyst

CATALYST QUOTES DAY ONE – THURSDAY

@CatalystLeader: “Our prayer for these next few days isn’t that you would be in the know, but that you would be #known.” – @PastorChrisSeay

@CatalystLeader: “Too often we focus on what it means to know, but we want to focus on what it means to be known.” @PastorChrisSeay

@CatalystLeader: “Our greatest opportunity in life is to be known and be fully loved.” @PastorChrisSeay

@CatalystLeader: “All of us have an appetite to be known.” – @AndyStanley

@CatalystLeader: “There is no amount of known that will statisfy your appetite to be known.” – @AndyStanley

@CatalystLeader: “To lead you must be known.” @AndyStanley

@CatalystLeader: “There is no amount of applause that will ever be satisfying.” – @AndyStanley

@CatalystLeader: “Those most applauded for feel most entitled to.” – @AndyStanley

@CatalystLeader: “Applause is addictive. Once we get it we start looking for it and we start manufacturing it.” – @AndyStanley

@CatalystLeader: “What’s applauaded as exceptional the first time will be expected the next time.” – @AndyStanley

RT @CatalystLeader: “I am known to make Him known.” – @AndyStanley

@CatalystLeader: “What you’ve got is a gift from the One who knows you best.” – @AndyStanley

@zachsteiger: There’s a little lady gaga in all of us. @AndyStanley

@mattperman: My notes from Andy Stanley’s message “Surviving Your Appetite for Being Known.” http://t.co/XiZT3oX3wI

@J_rod4theglory: Oh the irony of tweets about making Him known instead of ourselves in order to make the big screen at #Catalyst

@ToddAdkinsHair: I come to #Catalyst to check out the hair trends. #futurehairstyles

@mandisaofficial: There’s no place I’d rather be than worshipping w/ 13,000 of my brothers & sisters in Christ! #Catalyst http://t.co/o64g7MJwzp

@joshuaklane: “Giants are not always what they seem” – Malcolm Gladwell

@CDavidDaniels: Our obstacles and our weaknesses are our opportunities of greatest learning.” @Gladwell

@AnnVoskamp: Giving thanks is how to sharpen the dull edge of your life in the midst of the battle.

@stressedmoms: Wow. RT @justinlathrop: What if we stopped holding people accountable & started holding people closely. @bobgoff

@evangelistmatt: We cannot allow our ability to produce to define us.

@_tonytorres: Watched a crazy movie preview of Noah. Coming March 2014. Wow, well done!

@desiringgod: Piper: “Any theology that isn’t humble simply cannot be true.”

@BWeden: “Saul’s armor didn’t work for David. Be creative and innovative when you lead, the same things won’t always work.” @Gladwell

@billpavelich: Not ” ready-set-go”…it’s “Go Set Ready’!! – Mark Batterson #catalyst what r u waiting for???

@tyhagan: No where are @trippandtyler’s comments about the 50+ crowd wearing cell phones on their belts more truer than in the Pastors tent!

@ToddLowans: “Suffering ceases to be suffering when you have a redemptive perspective.” -@donaldmiller

@bradlomenick: Identity is unchanging. Being comes before doing. WHO you are determines WHAT you do. #Catalyst week

@Luther_Rice: My notes from @Gladwell msg at #Catalyst in ATL https://t.co/94mJAWAjP7

@Luther_Rice: My notes from @andystanley msg at #Catalyst in ATL https://t.co/oEgC2R1iSJ

@JuliePMac: What has God taught me today at #Catalyst? Don’t let what you DON’T have keep you from taking hold of what God has released to BE YOURS!!!

@AlexMurashko: More Than 13,000 Church Leaders Gather in Atlanta for Catalyst Conference http://t.co/ET5MvcUAVV

@twomblesaurusrx: if the dream of the 90’s is alive in Portland, than the dream of the 80’s is truly alive in Atlanta.

@David_C_Cook: “We aren’t going to win the battles of this world until we know our position in Christ.” -@AnnVoskamp

@chloehamlin: We always see Goliath as greater than he actually was. David was never the underdog. @Gladwell

@Giana_Hall: @CatalystLeader amazing to see what God is up to apart from us silly, pretentious plaid-clad Christians. He’s bigger than we hope.

@timayates: That Andy Stanly will have a bright future.

@CatalystLeader: “The only way to truth and freedom is through vulnerability. – @JasonRussell // truth!!

@CatalystLeader: “We are all global citizens in this world and we need to take better care of one another.” – @JasonRussell

@followsomebody: The work will always be louder than your family. You must set boundaries and stick to them no matter how loud the noise gets.

@CatalystLeader: “We are supposed to redeem culture, not run from it.” – @lecrae

@bwitt722: You know you’re at #CATALYST when you’re standing in line for a food truck and 2 people are reading their Bibles.

@CatalystLeader: “Are we perpetuating religion or a relationship?” – @lecrae

@mandisaofficial: “When we are most satisfied in Christ, He is most glorified in us.”-@JohnPiper

@kalimillerr: All the millennials at #catalyst are currently sitting by outlets, attached to their social media. #wearewhoweare #GenY

@keithgiles: Jesus never called us to lead. He called us to follow and to teach others to follow.

@CalebMason: Part of knowing who you are is knowing who you aren’t.

@erinmuhree: Use every reason you can to celebrate. – @angelaahrendts

@AngelaAhrendts “If you loved to be loved, why wouldn’t your people appreciate the same?” 

@CatalystLeader: “Christianity isn’t just religious truth, it’s TOTAL truth.” – @lecrae

@CatalystLeader: “I hope the culture we’ve created will be our greatest legacy and long outlive us.”- @AngelaAhrendts, CEO of @Burberry

@CatalystLeader: “A great leader’s job is to be honest and tell people where you are going.”- @AngelaAhrendts, CEO of @Burberry

@CatalystLeader: “The best news in the whole world is that our greatest possible joy and God’s glory are one thing.” – @JohnPiper

@mattperman: My notes on Malcolm Gladwell’s excellent #catalyst message on David and Goliath, and why you are not an underdog: http://t.co/hTdI943dOl

@CatalystLeader: “Our human nature was designed to reveal God’s nature.” – @JohnPiper

@CatalystLeader: “Unlikely people come to know God in unlikely ways.” – @JudahSmith

@CatalystLeader: We’re sons and daughters by birth, not by worth.” – @JudahSmith

@mattperman: My notes on Malcolm Gladwell’s excellent #catalyst message on David and Goliath, and why you are not an underdog: http://t.co/hTdI943dOl

@JustinWise: My notes from #Catalyst: Session Three with John Piper – http://t.co/bNG5iXWUxb

@BrianKDodd: Click http://t.co/X6UuOKV7KM for 21 Leadership Quotes And Lessons From Andy Stanley Opening Session At #Catalyst 2013

CATALYST NOTES FROM LAB DAY – WEDNESDAY

@CatalystLeader: A special edition of the #Catalyst Podcast featuring need-to-knows, event information, and fun road-trip games. http://t.co/gbhbXGMhaU

@BillintheBlank: Check out http://t.co/htAZ6hUb34 for extras and special live broadcasts from #Catalyst

@wvanderbloemen: There are WAY more bow ties, vests, and cuffed jeans in the ATL airport than normal. #Catalyst must be coming…

@KPowellFYI: “If u want to keep your church growing and relevant, invest in children and teenagers.” @reggiejoiner

@jburno: Things are constantly changing, so we should have an entrepreneurial mindset no matter where we work. – @alli

@HaleyVeturis: “I love Twitter because it allows me to build trust with people on a whole new level–I can be human here.” via @alli

@jimmirocketship: Couldn’t make it to #Catalyst like me? Then follow @JosephLalonde! He’s live blogging the event!

@KyleJMusser: Only way to find out what you are good at is to get into the game @DrHenryCloud

@KyleJMusser: If everything is important, then nothing is important. – Dr. Henry Cloud

@revjenwilliams: Church leadership conferences – never a line at the women’s restroom. Good for me, sad for the church.

@davidmac1024: the worst thing we can do is die with potential

@Jobbinv: There’s a big difference between being invited and being welcomed. – @bobgoff

@AnnVoskamp: Gratitude is the Christian faith’s most powerful forgotten weapon.

@markhcox: “It is nearly impossible to offend a humble person; humble people don’t hold onto rights.” – @bcloritts

@mattperman: Jim Collins: “People are not risk averse, they’re ambiguity averse.” Brilliant. Just brilliant.

@donbrawley: Leader, you are the keeper of your culture~Brian Loritts

@donbrawley: Leader, you are the keeper of your culture~Brian Loritts

@AnnVoskamp: The unconventional way to win your battles — is to give thanks in your battles.

@SydniChambers: Give yourself permission to fail but fail TRYING. Don’t fail watching. – #Catalyst

@justinlathrop: 5 Things You Should Know About Networking At a Conference like #catalyst [blog post] ›› http://t.co/v9YzOBd1We”

@benjimast: “Fail. But fail at the right things.” – Bob Goff

@bobwhittet: “You are ultimately responsible to who Called you, not who hired you” – @MarkBatterson

@RonEdmondson: “Keep your character several steps ahead of your talent” – @JeffHenderson

@RonEdmondson: “At what point did we begin to think excellence is offensive to God?” – @JeffHenderson

@BillintheBlank: My recap of the dangers of doing good with @peterkgreer @bethanyhoang and @2FP at #Catalyst Labs http://t.co/wH8CIlbIgv

@DawnSeverdia: We want God to go first because that doesn’t require any faith. @MarkBatterson

@chrisdotarnold: Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a #known God.

@lizzydriscoll: Pride is stealing what rightfully belongs to God and ascribing it to me. @bcloritts

@DawnSeverdia: You don’t need more time, you need to say “no” more often. @alli

@DawnSeverdia: See the need. Be the remedy. @blakecanterbury

@_JakeBrown: “What if we stop calling it ministry and just call it Tuesday?” – Bob Goff

@Breiland959: Bob Goff – Are we bouncers that determine who gets to Jesus OR ushers that lead people to Jesus?/ That one hit home”

@aucye: “All idols eventually demand the sacrifice of our children.” – @ahc

@BeSunnyBass: “For what we do is always determined by who we are. Lead from who you are.”

@josh_phillips: A phrase from today that I can’t get out of my head: Your church will only be as consecrated as you are. Holy Spirit left hook.

@RonEdmondson: “If we are not careful we can spiritualize laziness” – @JeffHenderson

@erinmuhree: tell people what you see in them. – @bobgoff

@KendallLeetweet: You don’t have to blow out someone else’s candle to make yours shine brighter.

@pjohnst2: The problem is non-profits think like non-profits @JeffHenderson

@sturnerlee: “When opportunity comes, it is too late to prepare.” – John Wooden, former UCLA Coach; quoted at #catalyst

@DianaWeiFang: “Don’t confuse success with comfort” @prophiphop

@Pal_Rune: Dr Henry Cloud-path to identity:1) attend to what is relevant 2)positive emotional climate 3)connect 4)control yourself 5)believe

@ChadAlanGraves: The enemy only has two battle plans. To blind you from who God is and blind to who you are in Him. @annvoskamp

@ThatCarolJones: Offer value. Not service or resources or products. Offer value. @LysaTerKeurst

@DawnSeverdia: When we make it about us, it never takes off. @peterkgreer

@RelationalEQ: “You have to be committed to being an expert in that which you are passionate about.” – @EugeneCho

@onechurchstl: God doesn’t see failing as a fault; he sees it as identity formation.

@mccall_d: One of my favorite quotes of the day, “Google is my MBA!” Loved meeting you at #Catalyst today @alli.

@BenLangevin: http://t.co/EmJMmyZaN3 just posted a blog about my experience so far at #catalyst. It’s been so great so far!

@BrianKDodd: The Top 30 Leadership Quotes From The #Catalyst Labs http://t.co/iJUVkNKOFk