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#343: Seth Godin on How to Say “No,” Market Like a Professional, and Win at Life

By Tim Ferriss: Bestselling Author, Human Guinea Pig

Seth Godin (@thisissethsblog, is the author of 18 bestselling books that have been translated into more than 35 languages. He was inducted into the Direct Marketing Hall of Fame in 2013 and has founded several companies, including Yoyodyne and Squidoo. His blog (which you can find by typing “Seth” into Google) is one of the most popular in the world.Seth writes about marketing, strategic quitting, leadership, the way ideas spread, and challenging the status quo in all areas.His books include Linchpin, Tribes, The Dip, and Purple Cow, among others, and Seth’s newest book is This Is Marketing: You Can’t Be Seen Until You Learn to See. You can find out more at (tim = This Is Marketing, not my name), where you will also find a free PDF excerpt from the book and related videos.Last but not least, Seth is the founder of the altMBA, an intense four-week online leadership and management workshop. Find out more at this episode, we explore many topics, including:How Seth deals with overwhelmHow Seth chooses projectsHow to say “no” to the unimportant and set boundariesLong work vs. hard workThe world’s worst bossHow to find your “smallest viable audience”Non-marketing books that are master classes in great marketingCrafting April Fool’s jokesAnd much, much more…Enjoy!Click here for the show notes for this episode.This episode is brought to you exclusively by LinkedIn Marketing Solutions, the go-to tool for B2B marketers and advertisers who want to drive brand awareness, generate leads, or build long-term relationships that result in real business impact.With a community of more than 575 million professionals, LinkedIn is gigantic, but it can be hyper-specific. You have access to a diverse group of people all searching for things they need to grow professionally, and four out of five users are decision-makers at their companies — so you can build relationships that really matter and drive your business objectives forward. LinkedIn has the marketing tools to help you target your customers with precision, right down to job title, company name, industry, etc. Why spray and pray with your marketing dollars when you can be surgical? To redeem your free $100 LinkedIn ad credit and launch your first campaign, go to!

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