Del Alma: Are You Indispensable?
The book on my nightstand is Linchpin by Seth Godin. I am eating it up, saying “Amen” as I turn pages and thinking of all the friends I am going to gift it to, to inspire them to break past fear. Hell, I may even gift it to strangers. You know, those people you can smell the whine and blah and negativity on from a dozen feet away?
Godin, a prolific author and genius marketer, has written many great books, but this one is not about selling a product, it is a call to action: Be an artist. Let go of fear. Beat back the resistance. Do the work, not the job. Be indispensable.
And live an amazing life.
Had I read this book when I was still working in a newsroom, I may have walked out sooner. Had I read this book before therapy, I may not have needed as many sessions.
Linchpin is a reminder that you do not have to hold yourself back, a reminder that it isn’t about “them,” it is about “you.”
Que quieres? Who do you want to be?
Know the answers?
Then, as Godin says in the book, go be an artist. A linchpin.
Si se puede.
“Your real work, then, what you might be paid for, and what is certainly your passion, is simple: the work. The work is feeding and amplifying and glorifying the daemon.
Your work is to create art that changes things, to expose your insight and humanity in such a way that you are truly indispensable.
Your work is to do the work, not to do your job. Your job is about following instructions; the work is about making a difference…”
You can hear Godin speak about Linchpin and the lizard brain that holds us back in a podcast done by the wonderful blog, 43 Folders.
Other books that have inspired change in me, and which I give as gifts:
“Wherever You Go, There You Are” by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
“When Things Fall Apart” by Pema Chodron.
“Letters to a Young Poet” by Rainer Maria Rilke.
“Bird by Bird,” by Anne Lamott.
What about you?