Being a “Linchpin”


Success doesn’t demand a price. Every step forward pays a dividend.

The Magic of Thinking Big, by David J. Schwartz

Today, while I was reading a great (and free) ebook of Seth Godin, I remembered David Schwartz quote that “success does not demand a price, every step forward pays a dividend”.

What would you feel and do if you have been told that : “the brand you are responsible for, months of work and your entire career will be gone ” because the board of directors decided to cancel the brand your are responsible for?

Most people would feel bad, accuse board of directors and start finding another job.

BUT, Seth is extraordinary.  After he is told that the brand he is responsible for is cancelled, he stayed at work through the night, redesigned every package, redo the marketing plan, recreated the spreadsheets by working 22 hours.  And what happened? His boss David Seuss saw his output, took a risk (which Seth names as ‘apparent risk’) and unilaterally reinstated the project. Inevitably, the project became successful.

Most people consider this arduous work as a price for success. But he did not. He does not emphasize  fatigue, tiredness or anything else. Instead his focus is on the experience and joy he felt when they (as a team) succeed.

I really love Seth’s inspiring articles. He is realistic and creative. I  suggest you to read this marvelous ebook. (The main idea of the books is about “Linchpins”, the people who make a difference, the rare ones that truly have an impact. He writes about the “Linchpins” (in the above example his boss David Seuss) he had worked through his career.

Be a Linchpin…And wait for the dividend…

About ozgurzan

Professional: 1999- Co-founder and Managing Director of Done Information & Comm. Systems http://www.donetr.com http://www.donelabs.com Academic: 2008 Ph.D. Organization and Management - Yeditepe University 2002 MBA - Yeditepe University 1994 Computer Engineering - Bogazici University
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