[Book Review] Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

As creatives, we always want to be doing work we love. It’s how we keep the creative spark to keep sharing our gifts with the world.

I finished reading Seth Godin’s book Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

Here are several key takeaways from the book:

  • If you want to do work that you love, then you have to be different
  • The current school system teaches us to be cogs in a factory’s machine—obey the person in charge, don’t question anything, follow orders, read maps.
  • Biology plays a role in us having fear to follow our passion as well: the lizard-brain (as Seth refers to throughout the book) keeps us back from standing out of the crowd, to be different.

What is a linchpin?

Linchpins are those at organizations (or as freelancers) who create art for the joy they get out of creating it and giving it away. These people love solving problems, are always questioning the status quo, and take charge, not asking permission of the boss to do more than their job description.

Why does it matter to be a linchpin?

These are the people that inspire positive change in both organizations and the world. They create trust within teams and customers. They have joy in giving gifts freely.  And wealth comes easily to them in the form of happiness, the freedom to create, the freedom to give. Many are compensated well as they are key players in organizations. Innovation comes easily to them. They are never satisfied with what is and are always trying to do bigger and better things.

The Final Verdict

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is inspired to create art but is too afraid to put themselves out there in the world. Many of us creative types are introverted and it’s vital that we stand up to our fear, get our voice and share our art. The world would be such a better place if we only lived from a place of truth and not that of fear.

What did you think of this book? Share below.

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