March 4th, 2013 ∗ starting
This is a picture of Sam Walton’s very first Walton’s 5-10 (five-and-dime).
This is literally where it all began.
Whatever you do, start somewhere!
January 12th, 2013
There’s a reason why time is often referred to as spent.
You might hear yourself, or someone say something like this.
“Hey let’s spend some time together next week when I’m in town.”
“I spent my Christmas at my parent’s house this year. I love spending time with the family for the holidays.”
“I wish we had more time to spend together. I can’t believe it’s over.”
Everyday, every human-being on Earth is constantly spending their time. No matter who you are, or what you’re doing, you’re always spending time. Everyone’s time is limited, and none of us know exactly how much time we have to spend. We do know that once your time is gone, and there’s no more left to spend, that’s it. It’s gone.
Take a minute, or should I say spend a minute, to pause and truly reflect on that truth for a moment. Be silent, and be still. Think about all the ways you spend your time. Knowing that your time is limited, and that once it’s gone there’s no more — is there anything you’d change about how you’re spending your time? What are you spending your time on? Where are you spending your time? How are you spending your time? With whom are you spending your time?
Time is precious. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Spend wisely.
I’m a very sharp, highly specific, purposefully purposeful cog that’s part of a much bigger, much more grand, machine. I play a very specific, highly needed part so that others can do the same. I serve the unit, the team, and its mission – not myself.
Seth Godin says to “be a linchpin,” but I’m starting to wonder if that concept isn’t just a bit arrogant and self-centered. Are any of us truly indispensable? Aren’t we all replaceable?
I’m the Product Manager at Pure Charity, so I know all the reasons I need to be a linchpin, to be indispensable. I know I do a great job leading product for Pure Charity and that I may seem indispensable. But if something happened, the bus factor for example, and I needed to be replaced, I’m sure I could be. Sure, there would likely be a few hiccups in the process, but again, are any of us truly indispensable? Aren’t we all replaceable at some point? There’s always someone better than you, someone striving to learn what you know, to be what you can be, do what you can do. To think that you can truly be indispensable is a farse. It’s fiction. It’s not possible. It’s a trap of the prideful.
So why do we lie to ourselves?
Rather than striving to be a linchpin, to be indispensable – why not focus on how purposeful you are to your team? Recognize the specificity of the role you play in the grand machine and mission. Serve the unit, the team, and its mission – not yourself.