Are You Indispensable?
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"This is what the future of work (and the world) looks like. Actually, it's already happening around you." -Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos.com
In bestsellers such as Purple Cow and Tribes, Seth Godin taught readers how to make remarkable products and spread powerful ideas. But this book is about you-your choices, your future, and your potential to make a huge difference in whatever field you choose.
There used to be two teams in every workplace: management and labor. Now there's a third team, the linchpins. These people figure out what to do when there's no rule book. They delight and challenge their customers and peers. They love their work, pour their best selves into it, and turn each day into a kind of art.
Linchpins are the essential building blocks of great organizations. They may not be famous but they're indispensable. And in today's world, they get the best jobs and the most freedom.
As Godin writes, "Every day I meet people who have so much to give but have been bullied enough or frightened enough to hold it back. It's time to stop complying with the system and draw your own map. You have brilliance in you, your contribution is essential, and the art you create is precious. Only you can do it, and you must."
Empty, fluffy, and dumb
Does a part of you wince at the thought of purchasing a tself-help book? When you notice that Godin publishes about 10 books a year about the same thing, does a dubious inner voice raise any concern about the quality of thought going into each of them?
In this case these instincts are correct. This is a smug, vapid, pseudointellectual, cliche-filled cheesepuff of a book. Nothing in it is really provocative except for the constant nagging assurance that its author is a provocateur. This is truly a book I wish I hadn't paid for.
A must read
I read this book in hard copy when it first came out. When I got an iPad today this is one book I knew I wanted to have with me if only to remind myself that in the modern work world they can always find somebody to follow the rules cheaper than you.
It is what you create, what you generate, the art that you do that is not easily duplicated or templatized that makes you a linchpin.
This will change your life
It will. Are you prepared for that? You better be. Otherwise somebody else is going to change your life for you.
If you're not reading this book then you are likely wasting your time reading anything else yet. Your perspective on everything else will change.
Absolute must read.