The wise and all-knowing guru, “Anonymous,” once said, “The best are often prisoners of their excellence. Great doctors, scientists, lawyers, writers, musicians, artists are always in personal demand, under unceasing pressure for their presence and creativity. It must be a terrible burden to be essential. In this sense, freedom lies in being dispensable.”
This little quote has always made me think. While I’m not “the best” and far from being “great,” I’m not quite “free,” as the demands for my time keep pressing on me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very thankful for my many loyal clients, who year-after-year send people to my leadership workshops and for the continuous stream of new clients who contract us for training and facilitation services. As a result, I’ve been blessed with a packed calendar. Fortunately, I love what I do and always leave “gigs” with a sense of happiness and fulfillment.
Yet, time moves on and age continues to creep up on me. Though I work hard to stay, “forever young,” I’ve now committed myself, with the help of my team, to begin the process of becoming dispensable. As we continue to create more products and services, I hope to be “free” within the next decade. God be willing, I’ll keep doing "The Leadership Works Experience" eight-day class, but eventually will pass my work on to the “grasshoppers.”
Are you in the same situation? Are you currently indispensable? Join me in WORKING ON better systems and empowering people, so one day we can all be “free!”