My good friend Lou Ludwig wrote a great post today called "Become Irreplacable." I liked what he had to say and want to expand on it here.
I think that the notion of becoming irreplacable is great and a concept that might easily be misunderstood. We're all taught that "no one is irreplacable." That's not what I'm talking about. Since no one lives forever, it's clear that at some point everyone will stop doing what they're known for - regardless of how good they are or indespensible to a particular business.
I'm also not talking about someone's inherent worth as a human being. Of course, all of us quite valuable and irreplacable in that sense. We have many similarities with one another, but each of us is unique on various ways.
The point is this, and it's quite simple. We should become so good at what we do - whether we are a business owner, independent contractor, or employee - that no one wants to try to function without us. It's that type of irreplacibility that I mean. It's not that we can't be replaced - it's that it might take more than one person to fills our shoes - that we've been that good and that valuable of a contributor and resource.
This is not an ego or arrogance issue - that we're so good that no one would dare try to get rid of us or do without our expertise. It's a confidence and competency issue that we know that what we contribute is extremly worthwhile and valuable - and that we continue to grow, learn, and expand our skills and knowledge.
This is what makes us irreplacable - actions and not just an attitude.
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