I subscribe to, and usually read, Seth Godin’s daily blog. Wednesday’s was especially good. Here it is:

SethGodin“So busy doing my job, I can’t get any work done”  by Seth Godin

Your job is an historical artifact. It’s a list of tasks, procedures, alliances, responsibilities, to-dos, meetings (mostly meetings) that were layered in, one at a time, day after day, for years.

And your job is a great place to hide.

Because, after all, if you’re doing your job, how can you fail? Get in trouble? Make a giant error?

The work, on the other hand, is the thing you do that creates value. This value you create, the thing you do like no one else can do, is the real reason we need you to be here, with us.

When you discover that the job is in the way of the work, consider changing your job enough that you can go back to creating value.

Anything less is hiding.


Thank you, Seth Godin!

My value added work, late tonight, is getting Seth’s important thought out to you!  I think of it a extra mile stuff…it’s where the greatest joy is for me.

Please reply and share your takeaway.