Posted by Eric Ungs
Artists are indispensable linchpins.
When I first started reading Linchpin by Seth Godin, I went to work the next morning angry. I was angry I had to work on someone else’s terms, angry I had to abide by authority, and angry I had to be there in the first place. I honestly had a bad day and I couldn’t stop thinking about what Seth was saying. Later that evening I picked up where I left off and continued reading, and realized I was angry for the wrong reasons.
I don’t wake up to do my job, I now consume my work with my art.
I finally realized the 9 to 5 gig isn’t the underlying issue. The problem is allowing the resistance to continue doing your job. Instead you need to ignore your lizard brain (the voice that encourages you to give in to resistance, to feel content, play it safe) and do the work. Part of the valued art, that everyone has within, is emotional labor. Most people go to their job and tackle their daily tasks. The tasks someone of authority told them to do, the processes to follow, and the lyrics to read. When emotional labor is involved, it brings humanity into your job. It brings the things that make up you into your work. When you can bring your humanity into your workplace you will find passion for your work you never knew you had.
It’s easier said than done… But it’s just as easy to do it too, you just have to do it.
It’s already within just express it. Seth describes it like this: “If you reserve your emotional labor for when you are off duty, but you work all the time, you are deprived of the joy you get when you do this labor. Now, you’re not giving gifts on duty, but you’re not off duty much at all. Spend eight to ten hours a day at work, and there’s not a lot of time left for the very human acts that make you who you are and who you want to be. So bring that gift to work.” This creates value, and when value is created, you’ve gained respect, and most importantly you’ve become irreplaceable. You’ve become someone who is making a difference, a game changer. Indispensable.
It’s as simple as being your authentic self and not being afraid to stand out.
This book isn’t solely about enriching your professional career, it also implies to your personal developement. Quit going through the motions the system told you to do. Instead, do things off the beaten path. The paved path is safe and you feel pretty content, when you veer off into the tall grass, this is where innovation occurs, this is where you make a difference, and this is where you give your gift. You’ve become valuable.
This is truly a must read. There is so much value between the covers you will be in awe. I was constantly writing notes and bookmarking. Whether you’re looking for a personal pick me up or need to find some drive for your work, this book will get you to do both.
Vocabulary you’ll find throughout the book: Lizard brain. Cog. Linchpin. Art. Work. Emotional labor. Resistance. Thrashing. Indispensable. Gifts.