What’s A Linchpin?
A dictionary definition of a linchpin is "something that holds the various elements of a complicated structure together." Seth Godin (I am one of his biggest fans) just published a book entitled, "Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?" He presents the case that we can just go with the flow or we can see ourselves as someone who can make a difference and really matter-a linchpin.
The choice is ours to be the ringmaster of our circus. It truly is a decision that we must make... that we will make-one way or the other. Not being a linchpin/ringmaster is the easier decision. We can then just be reactive or be acted upon. Being a linchpin means that we have to determine our purpose, be creative, decide what we want to be and do, and then execute on our plans. Sometimes, we even make mistakes and fail. Being a linchpin is truly the road less travelled.
I would highly recommend Seth Godin’s new book, "Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?" He teaches how to add emotion and passion back into your work and your life, thus making a difference.