I’ve been reading Linchpin, by Seth Godin, trying to get my brain into this “entrepreneur” game. And it’s funny, because the things he’s saying are nothing new. It’s just fun to see them all laid out, kind of like the outline to a book.
A linchpin is someone who:
Goes the extra mile
Invests emotional work in going that extra mile (excitement! Energy!)
Tries new things
Doesn’t follow all the rules because there aren’t any
Generates lots of bad ideas and a few good ones, and the good ones are what deliver
They’re generous, and give freely without asking anything in return
I’m currently reading the chapter on fear, and it can all be summed up in that quote from Ratatouille:
You must be imaginative, strong-hearted. You must try things that may not work, and you must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul. What I say is true – anyone can cook… but only the fearless can be great.
Thinking about it, I know lots of people who are linchpins in one way or another, or working hard to become so. It’s funny, because being a linchpin is a state of mind, not a job. It requires humility and a willingness to be inconvenienced. I’m finding lots of advice for being a wife and mother, as well as an author. Like the chapter on fear–how much of my child-raising has been governed by fear!
It’s great to read shake-up books like this, because it makes me think about everything differently. And the nice thing is, it’s nothing new. Just like the vitamins and minerals shtick, it’s nothing we haven’t seen before. It’s how it’s applied that makes all the difference.