The Myth of Being Indispensable

There’s an old adage that says you should make yourself indispensable to your employer.  There’s a lot of wisdom that seems to be baked into that theory, but the truth is — it’s a myth.  No one is indispensable.

Many people have gone through their careers with a false sense of security that they cannot be replaced.  And then, when the old CEO retires and the new one takes over — they find themselves like a turtle on their back…  struggling to re-right themselves in a world where they are no longer at the top of the heap.

It’s not a comfortable place to be.

We should never give ourselves permission to think that a company cannot survive without us.  Unless you are the owner of the company and the only employee — that is simply not true. 

Instead of thinking you’re indispensable, your attitude should be something like this:  “I know they can replace me, but I’ll make sure they have a very hard time trying.” In other words — work harder… go the extra mile, then the second mile, and then some…  be curious… be eager… be a team player… look for solutions… embrace a strong work ethic… be an asset.

Be more than they expected you to be.  And then surpass those expectations too.

If something happens — whether it’s downsizing, new leadership and restructuring, or heaven forbid, something happens to you — you will be replaced.  You won’t be irreplaceable. But you can leave some ginormous shoes to be filled.

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Colossians 3:23