How Necessary Are You?

I was thinking this morning about when I used to have a job. It’s coming up on 10 years (June) since I left.

I remember how my leaving posed no particular problem for our customers or our organization.  Some of my co-workers may have had to temporarily pick up the slack, but to the extent my leaving left a hole, it was instantly filled.

Today, if I decided to suddenly change course and stop doing what I’m doing, it wouldn’t be so easy.  My clients don’t just pay me, they depend on me. If I stopped, many of them couldn’t fill the hole at all, no matter how long they looked.

I think that’s a good thing.  In fact, it’s not a bad filter to apply to the work you do.  Because it seems to me, the bigger and more un-fillable the hole you would leave if you stopped doing the work you do, the more you’re on the right track.

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