I really don’t want to be a foister, but I am. I am reading Seth Godin’s Linchpin at the moment and all I want to do is buy 20 copies and give them to people, press it into their hands with that annoying, desperate pleading in my eyes and say, “Pleeeeze! You simply MUST read this!!”
And I’m not even finished it yet; I’m only on page 120. This is such an important book (I believe), it’s about becoming indispensable. Like all his books, it’s brilliant, super easy to read, and so very RIGHT!
Here are a few of my underlinings:
“The job is not your work; what you do with your heart and soul is the work.” (p.97)
“When you have a boss, your job is to please the boss, not to change her. It’s okay to have someone you work for, someone who watches over you, someone who pays you. But the moment you treat that person like a boss, like someone in charge of your movements and your output, you are a cog, not an artist.”
And here is what linchpins (aka indispensable people) do:
“They produce more than you pay them to, because you are paying them with something worth more than money. They do more than they’re paid to, on their own, because they value quality for its own sake, and they want to do good work. They need to do good work. Anything less feels intellectually dishonest, and like a waste of time.” (p. 36)
The whole book is about doing emotional labor, work from the heart, work that goes beyond what’s required.
It’s a great book and you should read it! Now! Today! Go on Amazon and order it! If you can’t afford it, I’ll buy it for you, just let me know.
And here I am being a “foister” and I really hate foisters. When someone tells me that I have to read something, I feel this icky pressure, particularly if I know, love and respect the person.
It’s just that we might not have the same interests, the same taste in books. The person foisting also might not understand that I have a STACK *this high* of books already queued up, waiting for some time to open up to get to, and their recommendation is just adding to the pressure of that stack.
But all that being said, if you want to be indispensable? If you want to live in a world where people are going the extra mile in their lives and in their work? If you’ve ever experienced first-hand a person who makes a business simply because they give so much more than they have to, who are emotionally invested in their jobs and in their life? If you want the recipe for this? Linchpin by Seth Godin
(Sorry for the foist.)