Seth Godin has been absolutely killing it lately.
(And by lately, I really mean: everyday for the past six years.)
He’s called “The World’s Greatest Blogger” because he is. And more.
Want to be like him? Read this interview. And this one.
APPLE. Apple’s stock is at its
52-week all-time high.
FACEBOOK. Facebook is down again today to a new low. I think they are still over-valued. Their market capitalization is $41 billion, and I don’t think they’re a $41 billion company. That would mean, all things equal, that they make 15 times less profit than Apple Computer. Except they don’t. They make almost 60 times less profit. (last quarter: Apple, $11.6 billion. Facebook, $205 million)
AMAZON. In related news: Amazon.com’s P/E ratio. Have you seen it? 295. Unbelievable. And unsustainable. No investors are that optimistic. What’s going on here?
SETH GODIN and PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE. I’ll stop saying it when it stops being true: but Seth Godin has the best page on the Internet. Today he discusses what Progressive Insurance did recently. My favorite line from his post today:
“They bet on short memories and the healing power of marketing dollars, commercials and discounts.”
Seth Godin is “inviting about a dozen students to a three-day free seminar in my office”.
Seth Godin will meet, in his office, with you and a small group of college students “who are interested in pushing themselves, connecting with others on the same journey, and perhaps for those who are looking for a chance to see how much they can learn and do in 72 hours.”
Here’s the page with all the details. Only a fraction of applicants will get accepted.
I watched “Black Hawk Down” (again) recently and near the end of the film, Eric Bana’s character (Delta Force Sergeant Norm Hooten) talks to Josh Hartnett’s character (Staff Sgt. Matt Eversmann) about why he does what he does (fight, kill). Hooten says, “…it’s about the men next to you… and that’s it. That’s all it is.”
Which seems to be another way of saying, “It’s about love.”
When Steve Jobs passed away last year, one of the countless remembrances was from Larry Brilliant who said, “The defining character of Steve Jobs isn’t his genius, it isn’t his talent, it isn’t his success. It’s his love. That’s why crowds came to see him.”
Here is what Steve’s sister said after he passed: ““Steve was like a girl in the amount of time he spent talking about love. Love was his supreme virtue, his god of gods. He tracked and worried about the romantic lives of the people working with him.”
The incomparable Seth Godin says that the two elements of a great presenter are: 1. Respect, 2. Love.
So it’s all about love, after all.
Seth is talking about customer service, but (as usual) his words can apply beyond marketing or business. Check out the conclusion:
“If it doesn’t feel like you’re working at it, you’re probably not doing it right.”