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.