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Be Dispensable

Posted By: Randy GageDecember 3, 2012

If you're an employee, conventional wisdom says you should be indispensible.   I disagree.

If you’re indispensible, you’ll always be stuck in the same job at the same level.   Always be working to another level up in terms of skill sets.  If you reach a spot in your current company where you can’t go higher, someone else will always find a spot for you.

 

The same holds true if you're an entrepreneur.  If you're indispensible, you have a business that will never scale, and will be very difficult to sell.

 

Want to move up to bigger prosperity?  Be dispensable.

-RG

32 comments on “Be Dispensable”

  1. Great advice. Remember that you never know what's around the corner - disability or death will force you to be 'dispensable'. Make sure you have your succession planning in place - better to plan than react!

  2. Great advice. Remember that you never know what's around the corner - disability or death will force you to be 'dispensable'. Make sure you have your succession planning in place - better to plan than react!

  3. Great Wisdom as always... I aim to Learn, Play and Grow each and everyday... Expand my horizons otherwise Life would be very limited and boring..

  4. Perfect timing for this.  A conversation I was JUST having with my 22 yr old daughter who has so much to give the right company and achieve for herself! Thank you and I've shared with her as well.  Many days it seems as though you write just for me LOL -Thanks RG

  5. Perfect timing for this.  A conversation I was JUST having with my 22 yr old daughter who has so much to give the right company and achieve for herself! Thank you and I've shared with her as well.  Many days it seems as though you write just for me LOL -Thanks RG

  6. The word indispensable seem to come from a lack way of thinking.  You want to stay were your at because you are "safe".  But if you are safe today, tomorrow your already behind the 8-ball.  Agree?

  7. The word indispensable seem to come from a lack way of thinking.  You want to stay were your at because you are "safe".  But if you are safe today, tomorrow your already behind the 8-ball.  Agree?

  8. Sorry, can someone explain this phrase "If you reach a spot in your current company where you can’t go higher, someone else will always find a spot for you".
    I can't quite understand the meaning of it.

    1. @Zhannur
      He means that if you have reached the highest post in a particular company not befitting to use your optimum potentials;either you shall find a much more challenging position elsewhere or other employers spot you to offer much more challenging position befitting your potentials and worth !

  9. Sorry, can someone explain this phrase "If you reach a spot in your current company where you can’t go higher, someone else will always find a spot for you".
    I can't quite understand the meaning of it.

  10. @Zhannur
    He means that if you have reached the highest post in a particular company not befitting to use your optimum potentials;either you shall find a much more challenging position elsewhere or other employers spot you to offer much more challenging position befitting your potentials and worth !

  11. None would kill the Golden Egg Laying Goose;nor keep feeding useless farm Animals ! Unless profitable friends too depart !

  12. None would kill the Golden Egg Laying Goose;nor keep feeding useless farm Animals ! Unless profitable friends too depart !

  13. work to retire! Especially as an entrepreneur, I want other folks to take over the grunt work, so I can move on to the next thng, the next challenge - and make myself dispensable there too, and move on....
    Another word for "indispensable" is "stuck in a rut".

  14. work to retire! Especially as an entrepreneur, I want other folks to take over the grunt work, so I can move on to the next thng, the next challenge - and make myself dispensable there too, and move on....
    Another word for "indispensable" is "stuck in a rut".

  15. Hi Randy,
    Since you announce Risky is the New Safe book, I actually hadn't been commenting a lot. You know, I saw the video and was struck. I couldn't imagine you will up come with the book so soon. So I was struck once more. But I know you have reached your golden age and this  is the time for me to follow with all my attention.  You can't imagine how deep your posts are this days. They are like prophecies.  Thanks for all. Live long.
     
    Richard Bony

  16. Hi Randy,
    Since you announce Risky is the New Safe book, I actually hadn't been commenting a lot. You know, I saw the video and was struck. I couldn't imagine you will up come with the book so soon. So I was struck once more. But I know you have reached your golden age and this  is the time for me to follow with all my attention.  You can't imagine how deep your posts are this days. They are like prophecies.  Thanks for all. Live long.
     
    Richard Bony

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  • 32 comments on “Be Dispensable”

    1. Great advice. Remember that you never know what's around the corner - disability or death will force you to be 'dispensable'. Make sure you have your succession planning in place - better to plan than react!

    2. Great advice. Remember that you never know what's around the corner - disability or death will force you to be 'dispensable'. Make sure you have your succession planning in place - better to plan than react!

    3. Great Wisdom as always... I aim to Learn, Play and Grow each and everyday... Expand my horizons otherwise Life would be very limited and boring..

    4. Perfect timing for this.  A conversation I was JUST having with my 22 yr old daughter who has so much to give the right company and achieve for herself! Thank you and I've shared with her as well.  Many days it seems as though you write just for me LOL -Thanks RG

    5. Perfect timing for this.  A conversation I was JUST having with my 22 yr old daughter who has so much to give the right company and achieve for herself! Thank you and I've shared with her as well.  Many days it seems as though you write just for me LOL -Thanks RG

    6. The word indispensable seem to come from a lack way of thinking.  You want to stay were your at because you are "safe".  But if you are safe today, tomorrow your already behind the 8-ball.  Agree?

    7. The word indispensable seem to come from a lack way of thinking.  You want to stay were your at because you are "safe".  But if you are safe today, tomorrow your already behind the 8-ball.  Agree?

    8. Sorry, can someone explain this phrase "If you reach a spot in your current company where you can’t go higher, someone else will always find a spot for you".
      I can't quite understand the meaning of it.

      1. @Zhannur
        He means that if you have reached the highest post in a particular company not befitting to use your optimum potentials;either you shall find a much more challenging position elsewhere or other employers spot you to offer much more challenging position befitting your potentials and worth !

    9. Sorry, can someone explain this phrase "If you reach a spot in your current company where you can’t go higher, someone else will always find a spot for you".
      I can't quite understand the meaning of it.

    10. @Zhannur
      He means that if you have reached the highest post in a particular company not befitting to use your optimum potentials;either you shall find a much more challenging position elsewhere or other employers spot you to offer much more challenging position befitting your potentials and worth !

    11. None would kill the Golden Egg Laying Goose;nor keep feeding useless farm Animals ! Unless profitable friends too depart !

    12. None would kill the Golden Egg Laying Goose;nor keep feeding useless farm Animals ! Unless profitable friends too depart !

    13. work to retire! Especially as an entrepreneur, I want other folks to take over the grunt work, so I can move on to the next thng, the next challenge - and make myself dispensable there too, and move on....
      Another word for "indispensable" is "stuck in a rut".

    14. work to retire! Especially as an entrepreneur, I want other folks to take over the grunt work, so I can move on to the next thng, the next challenge - and make myself dispensable there too, and move on....
      Another word for "indispensable" is "stuck in a rut".

    15. Hi Randy,
      Since you announce Risky is the New Safe book, I actually hadn't been commenting a lot. You know, I saw the video and was struck. I couldn't imagine you will up come with the book so soon. So I was struck once more. But I know you have reached your golden age and this  is the time for me to follow with all my attention.  You can't imagine how deep your posts are this days. They are like prophecies.  Thanks for all. Live long.
       
      Richard Bony

    16. Hi Randy,
      Since you announce Risky is the New Safe book, I actually hadn't been commenting a lot. You know, I saw the video and was struck. I couldn't imagine you will up come with the book so soon. So I was struck once more. But I know you have reached your golden age and this  is the time for me to follow with all my attention.  You can't imagine how deep your posts are this days. They are like prophecies.  Thanks for all. Live long.
       
      Richard Bony

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