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The indispensability of me

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! 🙂

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Crush It! – Just Love It!

Just downloaded the Audible version of Gary V’s Crush It! this morning and I have to say “I LOVE IT!”

Even if you have the dead tree version (ehm, hardcover version), you’ll definitely want to hear the audio version.  As with anything Gary does, he does it his way and I must admit that the “off script” stuff is totally worth it.  They are like little gems!

Funny even HE can’t stick to his own words.  Gary just bursts with such enthusiasm and yes, passion, that he cannot even contain his urge to “sidebar” himself. Ha!

Totally worth owning both copies!

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Not feeling Outliers…

I’ve been listening to Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers (got it on Audible) over the last few days and quite frankly, I’m not feeling great about it.  I mean it’s actually getting me in a bad mood.

I resent the fact that he suggests that people who haven’t been brought up at just the right time, circumstance and geographic location will essentially have an uphill climb to success – at least in their professional lives.  That’s it’s all about opportunity.  I’ll agree with him that talent, determination and hard work remain key factors to success but it irks me enormously to hear that all that isn’t enough.

I know it’s suppose to be a conversation starter (and obviously it’s working) but all it’s doing to me is depressing the heck out of me.

I admit to not having Practical Intelligence and I suppose that will stop me from getting ahead (as it already has).

I’ve been in a rotten mood since I started listening to this book … maybe I should just stop.

Is there anyone else who feels like this about the book?  Please let me know I’m not alone.