Are you a linchpin 🤷‍♂️

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Recently completed a book called Linchpins by Seth Godin… 

Basically it provided a blueprint for how to make yourself indispensable in a dispensable world.

Look, before I get going here, I believe we all need to realize that each and every one of us is replaceable… 

“Uhhh… Professor EB, surely I am not replaceable.  Nobody will ever bring the intelligence, insight and good looks that I bring to your class.” 

Well good morning Mr. SuperSoft, as much as I do appreciate your participation, I assure you that although there will never be another Stevie SuperSoft, condescending narcissistic selfish pricks are a dime a dozen and when you are gone, it will be a pleasure to replace you with another A-HOLE that we here at the Daily Hustle will do our best to save from the jaws of arrogance… 

Ok, back to Linchpins… 

Godin says that linchpins do 2 vital things for an organization:

  1. Exert emotional labor
  2. Make a map 

Unless we are making an emotional investment into our work and providing a clear course of action, there is no way we will ever be perceived as indispensable… Our ability to go above and beyond the call of duty by directing our passion with purpose is what will ultimately lead to displaying one or more of these 7 linchpin abilities Godin lays out… 

  1. Provide a unique interface between members of the organization 
  2. Deliver unique creativity 
  3. Manage a situation of great complexity 
  4. Lead customers 
  5. Inspire the staff 
  6. Provide deep domain knowledge 
  7. Possess a unique talent  

I really don’t think one of the above is too much to ask out of any of us, but the only way one of these 7 abilities will ever come to fruition is by making an emotional investment while maintaining a clear vision going forward… 

Simply put…

PASSION WITH PURPOSE is what will eventually allow us to be true linchpins… 

-EB

 

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