This week I started a new career.
For ten years of my life, I was studying in college to be a professor. Then, I did that for fourteen years. Now, I’m something else entirely.
I’m a liability.
Although I have a general sense of what I’ll be doing (there was a job description, of course), the details will have to be learned for a while. They see the potential in me, which is why I have the job, but I have yet to perform anything yet. They are investing in my potential right now. I may break, or not perform as intended. That makes me a liability.
I need to become an asset.
During these first few months, I will be a sponge. I’ll learn as much as I can as quickly as I can. Day by day, I will explore for ways to become an asset.
Becoming valuable to the company would be great. Losing me would hurt, as the company would lose value. But why stop there?
Is there a way to become a linchpin? It is one thing to add value, but it is another thing to develop something more meaningful in the workplace. Something that is unique to you, and will be disrupted if you are not present. What is it that you can give? What is it that will make you a linchpin?
This post was inspired by Seth Godin’s book, Linchpin.