Are you a Linchpin?

Are You a Linchpin?

Less than 2 months after I started my very first internship, I received an email from my boss with the title: “Are you a Linchpin?”. I was confused mostly because I didn’t know what it was, and then I had to answer whether I was or not. Hearing that question from your boss, you know that there is only one correct answer!

The e-mail started with a company progress report and the following:

Like any other endeavour in life, you get out of this what you put into it, you reap what you sow. …. Some [people] will simply coast through their days and go through the motions while others throw their dedication behind the project and exceed everyone’s expectations. … People (in any organization) notice the level of dedication, emotional engagement you put into things.  This type of commitment is what sets you apart and makes you a sought-after person.

Then he introduced Seth Godin‘s book Linchpin: are you indispensable?

I was immediately hooked when I started reading. I felt like I found what I was looking for, a way to differentiate myself and stand out from the crowd. I wanted to become a linchpin at work and in life. So I read the book and read it again and tried to use it in everything I did. The book changed me for the better.

A while ago I’ve started my own business. Less than two months ago we hired 2 co-op students. Today I’m going to write an email to them with the title: Are you a linchpin?

Amin Yazdani
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