This past week, I went to the dentist and once again, he had a new dental hygienist.
I think that makes it about 4 different ones that I’ve met over the last 2 years.
And while I don’t why the turnover is so high (maybe it’s him), my point is about you.
Are you easy to replace in your current position?
We’re all replaceable to an extent, but how difficult would it be?
The more difficult, the better for you and your career.
Not just at your current position but over the longevity of your career.
How do you become more difficult?
I think by:
- Being uniquely you
- Standing for something
- Bringing a point of view
- Taking initiative
- Doing the work no one cares to do
- Inspiring others
- Leading by example
- Being assertive
- Showing your brilliance
- Connecting, innovating, communicating
- Doing the little things well
- Taking the time
- Failing and trying again
It might take some guts and you don’t have to do them all, but if all your employer wants is cheap and reliable, that’s probably not where you want to be.
Rather, be difficult to replace.