The Introduction to Linchpin, Seth Godin’s transformative book on making work matter, starts with:
“If a genius is someone with exceptional abilities and the insight to find the not so obvious solution to a problem, you don’t need to win a Nobel Prize to be one. A genius looks at something that others are stuck on and gets the world unstuck.
“So the question is: Have you ever done that?”
The book continues with the importance of transforming yourself from being nondescript to becoming indispensable. From being an obscure member of the collective — a reference to Star Trek and the Borg — to becoming a critical instrument of success.
It started with a 10-minute riff by Seth and continued for an additional 50 minutes of breakouts and group discussion. The sessions focused on questions that are even more critical today than they were in a pre-coronavirus/COVID-19 world.
Questions like: What specific traits make you remarkable?
My answer was a willingness to confront the resistance. The Lizard Brain. My fears.
To carry on despite the fear coupled with the desire to make connections and achieve consensus. That, and the realization that progress comes incrementally with the acceptance of responsibility.
Another question was: What do you see that others haven’t seen? Or, haven’t seen yet. What have you seen that they can’t or won’t see?
The opportunities that are hidden in every crisis.
But the most important question of all may have been: What revelations resulted from participating in this event?
Mine were instant and immediate. They started with, being overwhelmed is a choice! And, continued with, ‘Shipping:’ getting your work out, is a promise. Our greatest strengths can also be our greatest weaknesses! And, finally, what we commit to is a statement of character. A reflection of our values.
What are yours?actioncouragegeniuslinchpinremarkable