By definition a ‘norm’ is common. Thus, being ‘normal’ means being common (Tweet this quote). It means thinking and doing in the same way as the majority. Yet, being ‘normal’ is still encouraged by society.
Both the hammer and the nail appear on the job site, but one is at the mercy of the other. One is hammering and one is getting hammered. Technically speaking, this isn’t always negative. After all, nails are needed to build structures — but nails are rarely Mavericks. Why? …
The greatest influencers appreciate reality as it stands today AND the ability they have to change it. These two aspects make them invaluable to the fate of their community, team, business, family, and their world.
Linchpins are those who play an invaluable role in the relationship of the ideal and the real. They not only help bridge this gap, they literally are the bridge.
Being a linchpin means being an integral part of what it takes to accomplish an objective. Without a linchpin involved in the process things start to fall apart. As a result, they are irreplaceable, invaluable, and indispensable.
But being a linchpin means much more than having only the ability to execute with passion. Yes, executors are important, and often rare, but not usually irreplaceable. A linchpin, on the other hand, brings an amalgamation of skills that introduce purpose to action, inspiration to intimidating goals, and coherence to a confusing landscape of variables.
Where these various traits intersect is where linchpins reside. And it’s the overlapping of these traits that generates exponential and invaluable results.
“…No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.” – Elbert Hubbard The age of outsourcing is well upon us. But it doesn’t mean you and/or your position are next in line for replacement. Not long ago, a billboard in Silicon Valley read: “1,000,000 people can do your job. What makes you so special?”…
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