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The One Place You’ll Always Be Indispensable

Feb 25, 2009

by Tim


— Here’s the “job” that holds the real key to success —

resume.jpgCareer guidance wasn’t exactly my parents’ strong suit.

“Study math and science,” Dad would say.

Good advice, but little help to someone inclined towards languages and music.

“Make yourself indispensable at work,” Mom advised.

That makes sense, but overlooks a harsh reality: if your sole ambition is to be completely indispensable in your job, you will never move onward or upward.

More to the point, who among us is truly indispensable within our organizations?

The truth is, no one — especially in today’s rocky economy. Millions of workers worldwide are now discovering just how disposable they really are.

But regardless of what happens at work, there’s one place where you will absolutely, positively, always be essential.

It’s your most important role in the world. It’s a job that, when improperly done, triggers serious social problems faced by every society on earth.soul_shelter_greenhouse.jpg

It’s the one “career” that holds the key to success in life and love. It’s the place where you’ll do the most important work of your life.

Where’s the place? What’s the role?

At home — in your role as a wife, mother, husband, father, daughter, or son.

No one can ever replace you at home. No one.

This truth hit me during a recent conversation with my friend, Brian the Wise.

Regardless of what happens at work, however the world seems to be unraveling, said Brian, no matter what friends and neighbors say or do, “you are absolutely, positively essential at home — and always will be.”

Years ago, Dennis, my old boss at the Dilbert-sized corporation, told me something unforgettable.

“You can always go out and get a new job,” he said, “but you can’t get a new family.”

That was one of the best thoughts a boss could have shared with an often-bumbling, often unsure employee.

fulfilled_mother_with_daughters.jpgTimes are tough and bound to get tougher. So, in what may seem like an unraveling world, let’s remember one place where we’re truly irreplaceable — and always will be: home.

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7 Comments to The One Place You’ll Always Be Indispensable

On Feb 26, 2009, Scrapbook Inspiration - have you gone missing? | Scrappers Workshop commented:

[…] we are irreplaceable. […]

On Feb 26, 2009, Jennifer White commented:

Thank you for the dose of healthy perspective. Something we can all stand to remember.

On Feb 26, 2009, by Tim commented:

You are most welcome, Jennifer. And like you, I sometimes struggle to “walk the talk.” Getting better and better, though :-)

On Feb 26, 2009, Darcy commented:

Like the saying goes “wherever you go, there you are”. I have recently run across people who have seemed to have sold their soul to the corporation. They have allowed the culture of the corporation and their jobs to affect their personalities and who they are as people. This transcends their job and into the way they treat their fellow human beings…Recently, I have found myself looking at those people and telling myself- That is NOT who I want to be. At the end of the day, it will be who I was as a human being, not what I did for a job, that will hold true meaning.

On Feb 26, 2009, by Tim commented:

Yes, Darcy, it’s all too easy to succumb to the siren call of the Deferred Life Plan. Glad you’re opting out …

On Mar 7, 2009, IRG commented:

For those who have a loving family, this is true.

But not every family is loving. Not every “family” unit cares–spouses about each other, spouses about their children or siblings to siblings and siblings to parents.

For those of us who come from homes where parents and others simply do not care about us, our welfare, our lives, it’s not the case.

We try to create family with friends, but friends have their own birth families and it’s never the same. Friendship is a gift and a wonderful and beautiful thing. But sharing the lives of those who HAVE loving families, is a painful reminder of what we do not have. Very painful.

Just as you say: Most people are irreplaceable to their families. But an MIA or unloving/uncaring family is also irreplaceable.

On Mar 9, 2009, by Tim commented:

@ IRG – Thank you for a potent, articulate reminder that MIA or unloving/uncaring families are also irreplaceable.

You’ve made me much more thoughtful about what I wrote.

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