The Downside of Good
In his book, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, Seth Godin writes:
The problem with meeting expectations is that it’s not remarkable. It won’t change the recipient of your work and it’s easy to emulate (which makes you easy to replace). As a result of the tsunami of pretty good (and the persistence of really lousy), the market for truly exception is better than ever. That’s what I want if I hire someone for more than what the market will bear – someone exceptional. Work is a chance to do art. Good art is useless and banal. No one crosses the street to buy good art, or becomes loyal to a good artist. If you can’t be remarkable, perhaps you should consider doing nothing until you can…Raising the bar is easier than it looks, and it pays for itself. If your boss won’t raise your bar, you should.
Are you just trying to be good? Or are you truly trying to become someone who makes a difference — in your family, in your community, in your career?
It’s been asked, “If you disappeared tomorrow, would your absence leave a significant void?”
Are you indispensable or are just another in the herd?