I have been listening to Seth Godin’s Linchpin audio book most of this week and I must admit that I have NEVER had such an emotional reaction to a book. It has literally turned everything I thought I knew about myself upside down and it’s been difficult to face at times.
You see, I have spent most of my life (school, career, friends, etc.) trying desperately trying to fit in – BE like everyone else. Well, I don’t fit in and never will. I thought that was a bad thing. Turns out NOT a bad thing at all.
I am currently the Community Manager and Creative at FundScrip and I do my work with little or no guidelines, I have no one looking over my shoulder and I certainly have no book of instructions to do my job. I just do it. I am free to discover, build and strengthen a fundraising community (which is doing well by the way).
But this week was different, I discovered that I am in the emotional labor business – which is exactly where I should be. Now I realize that I have always been in this ‘business’ even when it wasn’t the way things were done. I am not a cog nor would I ever tolerate being one. I have discovered because of Seth (thank you), that I AM A LINCHPIN and I AM AN ARTIST and have been for a very long time. My then boss at the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, Isabelle Hudon, used to call me an artist all the time and I never quite understood what she meant by it.
It explains why employers never really knew what to do with me. Don’t get me wrong, I did get a job description and my bosses knew that whatever they gave me I would run with it at 1000 miles an hour. They knew that I would give everything and they knew that I would do with all my heart. I saw things they didn’t, I pushed my ideas forward relentlessly (sometimes to their frustration). I didn’t always get what I wanted but I did make my mark where ever I worked. I did “the work” without even knowing it.
So I say – Shut up Resistance! I know who you are now, and especially what you sound like. Make no mistake I will not let you rule me ever again.
P.S. I really really really recommend this book.
Addition: To be truthful, FundScrip is almost fully staffed by Linchpins. Our poor Boss!