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Brendan Byrnes: Do you think everyone's an artist?
Seth Godin: If they want to be. When you were 2, you were funny. When you were 4, you were good at making watercolors. When you were 8, you told a story no one had ever told before. Somewhere along the way, that got burned out of you, but you had it and I think you can get it back.
Byrnes: Can you talk about maybe some current individuals or entrepreneurs that really embrace this and are using this to their advantage -- the principles in the book of being an artist, taking risks?
Godin: Here's why I don't want to answer that question.
Godin: Because that's like looking for a map. That's like saying, "All right, so tell me step by step, someone who's doing it, because I'll do it just like them." Well, the Valley is filled with all these people who are acting like Steve Jobs -- not bathing often, being a jerk, and things like that -- that's not the point.
Once someone installs a urinal into an art exhibit, like Marcel Duchamp did in 1917, he's made a piece of art. But the second guy to install a urinal is a plumber. We don't need you to be a plumber.
We need you to go to that place that's uncomfortable for you. If I tell you someone else that has already been to that place, you'll be comfortable. That's not art anymore. It's art when you say, "I see an opportunity, I see a connection," and you go make that connection.