Linchpin by Seth Godin: If you want a primer on how the future of the work world will work: Read It
As this new year rolls forward I have found myself cruising through quite the reading list. Having become a full believer in listening to audio books at 3x their speed, I am exercising my way through a library of knowledge. (Audio books go great with working out, definitely worth a try!)
Recently I finished up Seth Godin’s book “Linchpin”. The book revolves around how to be a linchpin, or better put: how to be irreplaceable. In a world coming out of the industrial revolution, we must all adapt to a new way of working. No longer is it about how many hours you can put in, or how many widgets you can squeeze together. Now, thanks to technology and freedom of information there are far more human elements at play.
Another great book looking at the future is “Humans Are Underrated” by Geoff Colvin.
I could go on for ages, well at least the length of Seth’s book, on the validity of his ideas and message. I filled up many pages of my notebook(s) with ideas, notes, and quotes from the book. I imagine others who have read it (or listened to it) have done the same. Not only is the book inspiring and motivational it is also a primer on the future of humanity and commerce.
In a world where technology handles the mundane and repeatable, we humans are left with only ourselves and the relationships we have with each other. That in my mind is the core of Seth’s ideas, and of Geoff Colvin in his book Humans Are Underrated. Once you read a chapter or two of either of these books you will find that the shift has already been happening these past few decades.
Books like Linchpin not only inspire me and energize me to continue working on my passions, they also excite me for the future ahead. Having grown up in the midwest in a conservative household I had my qualms with what my future was to hold. No more do I fear the future. Now I find myself grateful each day for the world I live in, and excited for the world that lies ahead.
In my eyes, we are entering a Renaissance 2.0.