Linchpin- By Seth Godin (A must read for all fresh grads)

I have never enjoyed doing book reviews or summary when I was in school. This masterpiece is the first book that motivates me to digitize the main components of the book so I can share with the people I love the most- my friends and family members with hope that they can learn and see things beyond their job manuals.

According to the author, a linchpin is someone who is an individual who can walk into chaos and create order, someone who can invent, connect, create, and make things happen”.  The linchpin does not work to the manual provided by this boss, he invents his own map. He creates an art and gives it as a gift for free without expecting direct compensation. Compensation or rather reward often disguises itself in the form of freedom to perform one’s own tasks, trust and respect shown by people in the organisation.

To become one, a linchpin must fight the resistance of fitting in, adapt to change, stand out, acknowledge a drastic truth about a situation and share with others. Godin, also suggested seven abilities that a linchpin must possess to become one. (See the mindmap below)

My career consultant once told me this synonym:

To be happy for one day, go fishing,

To be happy for a month, get married,

To be happy for a year, inherit a fortune,

To be happy for entire lifetime, LOVE YOUR JOB

In all honesty, being a fresh graduate, I do not understand what he meant by that. However, this book provided me with insights on how to be indispensable and eventually being someone who loves her job throughout her entire career journey, which in most cases may last for about 50 years.

So, the question is, how do we love our job?? Most of us, have good technical knowledge that makes us experts in our own field, be it ICT or finance. What exactly makes us stand out? We have the choice to make art out of our work and enjoy every single process of it. This means, we have to make transactions both personal and emotional:

1) Be passionate and energise so as to see things as it is- Manage stress and SHIP whatever that is necessary during that 8hours

2) Be flexible, calm and resilient in the face of uncertainty

3)  Interact and connect with people, and give gifts by going beyond what your job requires.

4) Make a difference by inventing a future, falling in love with it and abandon it in a moment’s notice if need to in order to move forward

5) Never say ‘NOT MY JOB’: Be helpful to your colleagues and ensure that you can meet professional goals

The rest of the main points pointed out by the Godin are shown in the mindmap. I hope fresh graduates like me, will find a way to route a map, be insightful, be an artist remarkable enough to lead to take risks and make changes and not be a machine in the workforce. I am glad, that in the organisation that I am working at now, I have a good boss who intends to develop linchpins and I see the positive change in my colleagues. Soon, I hope, to see the change in myself.

Feel free to double click on the image to see the main points of the book.

Up next will a review on ‘ The Icarus Deception’ by the same author.