10 Indispensable Quotes from Seth Godin’s Linchpin

linchpin1A linchpin, as Seth describes it, is somebody in an organization who is indispensable, who cannot be replaced – her role is far too unique and valuable.

  1. ‘The linchpins among us are not the ones born with a magical talent. No, they are people who have decided that a new kind of work is important, and trained themselves to do it.’
  2. ‘Every successful organization has at least one linchpin.’
  3. ‘Linchpins are indispensable, the driving force of our future.’
  4. ‘The only way to get what you’re worth is to stand out, to exert emotional labor, to be seen as indispensable, and to produce interactions that organizations and people deeply care about.’
  5. ‘Leading is a skill, not a gift. You’re not born with it, you learn how…While schools provide outlets for natural-born leaders, they don’t teach it.’
  6. ‘Expertise gives you enough insight to reinvent what everyone else assumes is the truth.’
  7. ‘Artists are people with a genius for finding a new answer, a new connection, or a new way of getting things done.’
  8. ‘Linchpins leverage something internal, not external, to create a position of power and value.’
  9. ‘The only way to be indispensable is to be different.’
  10. ‘There are no longer any great jobs where someone else tells you precisely what to do.’

Cheridel Alejandrino is a linchpin.


Don’t Follow Your Passion: Why “Follow your passion” is Bad Advice According to Cal Newport (Book Review)

I have been seeing this Cal Newport’s book every time I visit a bookstore. I have thought of buying it many times but I always ended up buying other books instead.

The reason: I am a bit disturbed with the ideas being presented in this book.

However, two weeks ago, I finally decided to buy it.

“Follow you passion” is a Bad Advice

As a long time subscriber of “follow your passion” advice I have the reason to feel disturbed with this book.

“So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love” by Cal Newport (2012) is a book about counterintuitive career advice and debunking of the famous “follow your passion” advice.

To discover the reality how people end up loving what they do, Newport spent considerable time in interviewing the organic farmers, venture capitalists, screenwriters, freelance computer programmers, and others who admitted to deriving satisfaction from their work. This made him uncovered the strategies they used and the pitfalls they avoided in developing their careers.

Newport argues that passion comes after you put in the hard work to become excellent at something valuable, not before. Thus, “follow your passion” advice is dangerously destructive as it often leads people to unproductive soul searching, endless second-guessing, and chronic job-hopping.

Compelling careers often have complex origins that reject the simple idea that all you have to do is to follow your passion.

Newport suggests that one should focus on becoming really good at something valuable because if you become good at something you will find the passion you are looking for. This means, don’t follow your passion, instead love your work. Keep on practicing your skills. Be so good they can’t ignore you. This is the only way you can develop your career capital.

Career capital, according to Newport, is your rare and valuable work related skills. The currency you use to obtain ideal work.

Passion Mindset Vs. Craftsman Mindset

One should have a craftsman mindset instead of a passion mindset. Here, Newport explains in length why he dislikes the passion mindset:

Whereas the craftsman mindset focuses on what you can offer to the world, the passion mindset focuses on what the world can offer you. This mindset is how most people approach their working lives.

There are two reasons why I dislike the passion mindset (that is, two reasons beyond the fact that…it’s based on a false premise). First, when you focus only on what your work offers you, it makes you hyperaware of what you don’t like about it., leading to chronic unhappiness. This is especially true for entry-level positions, which, by definition, are not going to be filled with challenging projects and autonomy – these come later. When you enter the working world with the passion mindset, the annoying tasks you’re assigned or the frustrations of corporate bureaucracy can become too much to handle.

Second, and more serious, the deep questions that driving the passion mindset – ‘Who am I?’ and ‘What do I truly Love?’ – are essential impossible to confirm. ‘Is this who I really am?’ ‘Do I love this?’ rarely reduce to clear yes-or-no responses. In others words, the passion mindset is almost guaranteed to keep you perpetually unhappy and confused…

4 Rules On Building Your Career

Newport suggests 4 counterintuitive rules on building a successful career:

  • Rule #1: Don’t Follow Your Passion
  • Rule #2: Be So Good They Can/t Ignore You
  • Rule #3: Turn Down a Promotion
  • Rule #4: Think Small, Act Big

Final Notes

It is almost a given that time will come when your existing belief will be challenged by a new idea. This is what I have experienced in reading this Newport’s relevant book. Indeed, we must consider our point of view as temporary,

Here’s a final quote from the book that I want to leave with you:

Don’t obsess over your true calling. Instead, master rare and valuable skills. Once you build up the career capital that these skills generate, invest it wisely. Use it to acquire control over what you do and how you do it, and to identify and act on a life-changing mission. This philosophy is less sexy than the fantasy of dropping everything to go live among the monks in the mountains, but it’s also a philosophy that has been shown time and again to actually work.

Be so good they can’t ignore you.

The Cheridel Factor: 5 Important Lessons On Work from the “Elevator Girl”

rtadHer positive attitude towards work made her an instant social media sensation in the Philippines. I am referring to Cheridel Alejandrino, working as an elevator girl in SM Olongapo City who went viral on YouTube, Facebook and other social media sharing sites this Friday.

Let’s watch here again the video of smiling and entertaining Charidel while performing her work as an elevator girl:

I enjoyed watching Charidel in this video and it inspired me to reflect on what important lessons that she’s trying to teach us about work.

And here’s what I came up with:

  1. No matter how small our work is in the scheme of things, it is still an opportunity for us to make a difference in the lives of those we serve.
  2. Convert your job into one you love, not by doing a different job, but by doing the one you have differently. (from the Fred Factor: How Passion in Your Work and Life Can Turn the Ordinary Into Extraordinary” by Mark Sanborn)
  3. Whatever work we have we must go the extra mile – do more than what is expected to us. Working is not only about earning for a living but rather it is also about giving life a beautiful meaning.
  4. Love for our work and for those we serve will move us beyond ourselves and beyond our shortcomings.
  5. We can always be extraordinary even in doing an ordinary work.

Thank you Cheridel for inspiring many of us and making us rethink the way we approach our work!

Monday Highlight – Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation


One source of frustration in the workplace is the frequent mismatch between what people must do and what people can do. When what they must do exceeds their capabilities, the result is anxiety. When what they must do falls short of their capabilities, the result is boredom. But when the match is just right, the results can be glorious. This is the essence of flow. -Dan Pink


Live Outside the Box: Be Visible To Attract Opportunities

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  • Play it safe!
  • Don’t tell to anybody what you know – they may copy it!
  • Stay in your room!
  • Compete-don’t share!
  • Don’t do something crazy-people may laugh at you!

Following these dogmas made you live inside a box –


And you don’t deserve that!


  • To show yourself;
  • To share your talents and skills;
  • To try something you have never tried doing.

You have to live outside the box –

  • Create;
  • Give;
  • Explore;
  • Take risks;
  • Connect;
  • Help.

To live is to be visible – and to be visible is to attract opportunities!



  • Start your blog
  • Publish an eBook
  • Sign-up on Twitter, Linkedin, Google+ etc
  • Have your website
  • Participate in different events – or better start organizing your own


Your visibility can attract opportunities –

  • Job offer
  • Funding
  • New projects
  • Networks
  • Income
  • Freelancing







But, you have to be visible first for them to connect with you & show you opportunities you never expect you will get!


Start living outside of your box – and opportunities will come to you!