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Holiday reading

I’m on holiday now—six glorious weeks in the Italian lakes. Among the many books I’ve brought with me is Seth Godin’s Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? (which I’m actually re-reading). It has many underlined and highlighted passages, as well as asterisks and scribbled notes throughout. This is because I find the message of the book so inspiring, and so relevant to most lawyers.

The simple, condensed message of the book is this….

We have been taught to create and seek sameness, to follow rules, think inside the box, maintain the status quo, and do good work—and that this conformity will bring us success. But in reality this just makes us vulnerable to outsourcing, downsizing, and even redundancy.

What will make us successful is to become indispensable—to become a linchpin. Linchpins invent, lead (regardless of title), connect others, make things happen, and create order out of chaos. They love their work and pour their best selves into it, turning each day into a kind of art—and, by doing that (according to Seth, at least!)—incidentally gaining the best jobs and the most freedom.

This book just might inspire you to stop complying with the system, and instead drawing up your own map, and scheduling your (more exciting) future!

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