Linchpin – Are You Indispensable?

Linchpin-150x150The Rules In The Game Of Life Have Changed

Have you noticed all the “rules” in the game called life have changed?  What happened to “go to school, get a job, work for 40 years, retire, and enjoy life”?  This was the plan I thought I was going to follow, and I thought it was safe and secure.  I know many people today are wondering what is going on and what do they do.

Tribes and Linchpin by Seth Godin

I recently have been studying Seth Godin, he is the author of “Tribes” and I was going to write about this book, however while researching, I found out that he just released a new book called “Linchpin – Are You Indispensable?”.  As I read more about this book, I realized he was talking about everything I believe about what is going on today, and all of the vast changes happening.  Seth says “For hundreds of years, the population has been seduced, scammed, and brainwashed into fitting in, following instructions, and exchanging a day’s work for a day’s pay. That era has come to an end and just in time.”  He says that in the industrial age, people who went to public schools were educated to be factory workers.  They wanted people who were going to fit in and follow instructions.  Hmm…now doesn’t that make sense. 🙄  He says that we were trained to follow instructions and it dampened our genius!  Wow, that’s how I have felt my whole life, like I was meant to do more or be more than just in a job! 😯

Fitting In Dampened Our Genius

We followed the plan, went to school, worked hard at a job where we always had a boss.  Then in 1995, I knew I had to make a change. 🙁   I wanted to spend time with my 8 year old son and I wanted to be a good wife, and I wanted to go on vacation, but I needed to bring home a FT income.  We feel so blessed today because I started our home based business very PT and very quickly made a FT income.  What I was taught by my entrepreneurial mentors was exactly what Seth Godin is saying in his Linchpin book today.  They were teaching me that in 1995!

Do You Hear Your “Little Voice”?

Seth says “Everyone has a little voice inside of their head that’s angry and afraid. That voice is the resistance and wants you to be average (and safe).” Well today being an employee is certainly not playing it safe.  He also goes on to say that we are all geniuses and we all have exceptional abilities.  I really believe that with all my heart. Unfortunately, we were all brainwashed to conform instead of develop our specific gift.  Seth says in today’s new environment there is so much opportunity because everyone can play and everyone can become indispensable in their “art”.  

Everyone Can Play And Become A Linchpin

We believe these changes happening today are really for the better, because it will “awaken” us to do things that “make our heart sing“.  We can see it on the internet each day.  Everyone is contributing and helping each other.  Everyone is finding their “niche” and will start to develop skills which have been “sleeping” in them.  If you told me 1 year ago, that we would be writing articles on our own website, we would never have believed you.  And yet here we are writing articles on our own website and enjoying it because you, our readers, are benefiting and finding value in our posts.  It’s an incredible feeling…truly giving and contributing with no attachments.

Please watch this very informative video by Seth Godin as he truly explains what is happening and what you can do to become indispensable:

I remember hearing a quote when I first started my home based business and it said “there are those who Make it Happen, those who Watch It Happen, & those who say “What Happened?”  You now know what happened, the choices are all yours now.  It’s called Freedom!

As you trust yourself and start doing the things that you love and have great passion for, you will find that you will be so happy and fulfilled in life.  You will truly find your purpose and mission in life, and then life is an incredibly exciting journey.  You no longer have to wonder what you are doing today, you will know, and you will be excited to start “working” everyday, because it will also be what you’ve always wanted to do in your “spare” time.  And pretty soon, you will be surprised because everything you wanted in life is all coming true.

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36 Comments For This Post

  1. GigiNJones Says:

    Hi Kellie,

    Anyone who is an employee is dispensable. I think for the employee this “new awareness” of this fact brought on by the recession and layoffs has created much fear and uncertainty. I know I was programmed to go to school, get a good job, and work hard to promote myself. I operated as a model employee. Fast forwarding to the present day, its quite obvious whether you do a good job or not, if your employer does not have money, there is no job.

    I’ve noticed how this has created more competition amongst employees thinking that by improving their skills they can “boot” someone else out of a “desired position” to add security for their job. Obviously, the atmosphere in a work setting becomes toxic.

    In my humble opinion, many employees are unfullifed and work at a job to just collect a pay check not knowing other options. I believe we all have specific skills and talents that we can contribute and share with the world, which create value to the market place. Times are changing and moving so fast. It’s definitely time to operate out of an entrepeneur mindset who sees the opportunities available. If there are no jobs, go create some.

    Thanks so much!

  2. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Mahalo (thank you) for your comments Gigi! I am so happy you are making decisions for yourself that will have a huge impact on your future and on many other people because of your decision. You have so much to offer and the world needs more leaders and entrepreneurs who will step forward and guide others with light.
    Thank you for being one them!
    Kellie 🙂

  3. steve cunningham Says:

    Kellie – thanks for sharing your inspiring story! You are “walking the walk”. It’s so true about conforming and not developing our own specific gifts. I see it all the time in my daily life, and I think everybody struggles with this.

    Keep up the great work here!

  4. Kellie Says:

    Thank you Steve! So wonderful to connect with you on our blog. I really appreciate your comments and I hope you will let me know how you feel about our other posts also.
    Kellie 🙂

  5. Sunshine & Baba Says:

    Thank you for the inspiring blog
    .-= Sunshine & Baba´s last blog ..Elizabeth Christopher =-.

  6. Kellie Says:

    Mahalo (thank you) Sunshine & Baba! I love your name! I look forward to getting to know you and connecting with you on our blog.
    Aloha 🙂

  7. Shannon Tecson Says:

    Aloha Kellie,
    This is an incredible post in a “nutshell” Kellie of what I see happening in todays world. We’ve been seeing this for quite some time now. I see more of this happening because I am out in the marketplace, seeing this type of worry and fear on people’s faces. My heart connects with that little voice within them. I can see the struggle and resistance to change. I can feel their prayers for the system to change things for them. I do believe that we all have that “niche” that unique gift, that unique song, that unique note that we are here to play. We as a society must now trust in that as you say here, go find a place to belong and start reliving our passion. I am a grateful entreprenuer who already has found a place, a great company and great leadership that creates this safe place for others. Thank you for your leadership and knowledge in this area Kellie.

    Much love and light,
    .-= Shannon Tecson´s last blog ..A Lesson Taken From The Movie "Alive" =-.

  8. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Thank you Shannon for your insightful observation and your compassion for others. Thank you also for leading others and being willing to inspire thousands as you shine your bright light on them. I am very happy you have found your passion and you are helping a lot of people.
    You are doing incredible work.
    Kellie 🙂

  9. Annette Morris Keane Says:

    Well this fired me up so much emotionally the only word that comes to mind is YEYHEY!!!!!! 😉


    And I’m so grateful to be learing from all the right people!

    ….and YEYHEY!!!! 😉

  10. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    You’re so cute Annette! Yeyhey! Okay, I’m learning. I will learn the pronunciation of the Irish.
    We are so grateful to have connected with such an “aware” and conscious leader like you.
    Glad you liked the post. Aloha 🙂

  11. sivoi tofilau Says:

    Thanks Kellie for sharing this. wow No wondering why our lifes get slave ourself now. I believe we are the key to pass on the right choiece to decided before too late.
    Evidents, truth comeing out. Thanks Kellie

  12. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Yes, Sivoi things are changing fast. You will be the light for your people and many others. You have found your passion and your heart. Thank you for helping so many people!
    Aloha 🙂

  13. Donna Merrill Says:

    What a great post. I think all of us here just want one simple thing: to be free! Freedom is not easy. It comes with devotion and great responsibility. Inserting the video of Seth was dynamic. Can’t wait to get this new book. Thanks for posting this valuable information.

  14. Kellie Says:

    Thank you Donna! I am so glad you loved the post and the video. I love videos because it conveys so much in a short amount of time.
    I am so happy to be connecting with you here and in the tribe. Thank you for your constant contributions.
    Aloha 🙂

  15. Sandy Abrams Says:

    Kellie, Your own words are so insightful and combined with this video I believe many people will have their eyes open to their own worth and value and to how they may become the indispensable person, not by hoarding power and knowledge, but by being the one to empower others and light the path so others can follow them.


    Mahalo from this Haoli,

    .-= Sandy Abrams´s last blog ..Weight Watchers Says McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets Are Healthy! =-.

  16. Kellie Says:

    Aloha Sandy,
    You are so cute. You know the Hawaii slang huh? Thank you for your comments, it means a lot. Things have changed so much over the last decade and together we are providing everyone with such valuable information for them to act and change their lives.
    Thank you for being a part of the mission of nutrition.
    Aloha 🙂

  17. Jodi Lee Says:

    You always come up with the best posts. I’m going to get that book. I love Seth Godin’s work and I’m always happy to learn about new stuff!

    .-= Jodi Lee´s last blog ..Andy Andrews and Yannick Van Den Bos to the rescue – theme update! =-.

  18. Kellie Says:

    Thank you Jodi! I really appreciate your kind comments. It means a lot to me. Yes, Seth Godin is incredible! He is such a visionary and saw what was coming and is here now.
    You always put a smile on my face when I see your comments!
    Aloha 🙂

  19. Melissa Wright Says:

    Wow Kellie! You find the best videos! I love hearing Seth’s description of what you need to do to be indispensable. That you need to ask yourself how you can use your platform each day to make a change for the better. That you need to ask your self that question in every situation, in every conversation, in every choice you make. I also love that he talks about how everyone wants a manual or instruction guide telling them exactly what to do to be successful and that by following those instructions you will never reach your full potential. This is a very powerful message and I really appreciate you for sharing it with us!
    .-= Melissa Wright´s last blog ..By: Shannon Tecson =-.

  20. Kellie Says:

    Thank you Melissa! I love videos because it expresses words, meaning, and feelings at the same time. Yes, I agree Seth is incredible! There are so many insightful leaders out there doing their best to assist all of us. All we have to do, is be willing to do our part of “getting a little bit better each and everyday”.
    Thank you for your comments and for always making a difference in my life!
    Aloha 🙂

  21. Val Wilcox Says:

    I so enjoy reading your posts. You are so right about making moves to find your potential. I tend to lean towards the very thing that can hold me back. I think I need the guide. Today I’ve been getting many big hints that I need to take the next step, no matter what. I CAN write my own instructions for my life’s journey myself.

    Great timing,
    .-= Val Wilcox´s last blog ..Can You Hear Me Now? =-.

  22. Kellie Says:

    Thank you Val! I am so glad you are enjoying our posts. And yes, you Val, can do anything you want and only you have all of your answers. Go for it! It’ll feel really good. 🙂
    Aloha 🙂

  23. Venus :) Says:


    This is a very relevant content on a topic that concerns all. It is time we stop fearing the fact that what we were told before “go to school, get good grades, get a job” is not working anymore. In my opinion, it never really worked. The trouble with this erroneous “solution” is that people end up doing jobs they can’t stand and long for when they retire to do what they love. How much freedom is to actually earn income doing what we love. It is wonderful. The fear in many comes from not having experience in this and their old programming that they are to have a job.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and inspiring us to believe in ourselves and our infinite potential.
    Infinite love and gratitude,
    Venus 🙂
    .-= Venus :)´s last blog ..Life Is A Journey, Not A Race? =-.

  24. Kellie Says:

    Mahalo Venus! Yes, I agree with you and I know you know this already. Thank you for being an inspiration to all of us!
    Aloha 🙂

  25. Michaelé Harrington Says:

    Hi Kellie,

    Seth’s new book sounds awesome!

    I’m always baffled by the fact that society seems to keep teaching life strategies that either no longer work, or never did. Slaving away at a job that most people hate, only to retire on half your original income just seems like total hypocrisy! And now that the retirement age is higher than ever, it doesn’t leave much time to enjoy life even if you did save enough money.

    You are so right in that the ‘rules’ have changed and the internet is playing such a big part in that. People are now able to take those ‘sleeping’ skills that you mentioned and find incredible mentors on the other side of the globe.
    The talents that we are seeing emerging in this new era are just mind blowing.

    Thanks for the reminder on how lucky we are to be a part of such extraordinary changes!

    .-= Michaelé Harrington´s last blog ..Network Marketing From The ‘Inside’ Out: Finding Hope From Prison =-.

  26. Kellie Says:

    Oh, I feel your passion on this topic Michaele and I feel exactly like you do! That’s why we have a lot of synchronicity!
    Thank you for all you do to assist the world to “see”. You are a bright “light” in a world that can seem “dark” at times for many.
    And yes we are so blessed! 🙂

  27. Julianna Brower Says:

    EVen more reason to work hard to build your own business. As long as you are an employee, someone else is in charge of your future!
    .-= Julianna Brower´s last blog .. =-.

  28. Kellie Says:

    Aloha Julianna,
    Yes, I agree with you. Thank you for visiting and I am looking forward to connecting with you.
    Aloha 🙂

  29. outdoor furniture Says:

    Linchpins may or may not be leaders, but true leaders are always linchpins I think. Trying to describe this book is like the classic story of six blind men trying to describe an elephant. One, holding onto the tail, says an elephant is like a rope; another, holding onto an ear, says it’s like a giant fan; still a third, holding the truck, thinks an elephant is like a snake. Depending on where you are, what you know, what you read, you’ll see Linchpin in a totally different way. Seth nails it when it comes to challenging workers and individuals to be remarkable, indispensable and not just someone who will “stand by.” I think it will become one of his classic books. Definitely a good read.

  30. Kimberly Castleberry Says:

    I think you’re spot on about different people getting different things from this book depending on where they’re at in their personal journey. Like so many other great books, its one to be kept, and read and re-read. All of us will get a slightly different message that is the message we NEED to hear at the time!
    .-= Kimberly Castleberry´s last blog ..Social Bookmarking Automation How-To: Onlywire =-.

  31. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Thank you Kimberly for you incredible insight! Yes, I agree it is one to study over and over. Thank you for your comments. 🙂

  32. Debbie Hirano Says:

    I just love this clip, Kellie. This is truly an awakening for me. I am learning more and more each day of becoming that “indispensable” employee to my own business. I am too valuable to be employed by some other company. Whew, thanks for sharing.


  33. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Hey Debbie,
    So great to see you on our blog! Glad you are enjoying our posts. Please come back and read more and let us know what you feel about them okay?
    Aloha 🙂

  34. Denise Gray Says:

    Hi Kellie,

    Another great post from you that I can really relate to, so inspiring! I must get Seth’s book, so many things he says that I believe also. (I get the same inspiration from Robert Kiyosaki’s books) The fact that we are conditioned to conform… go to college/university get a job work hard all your life (for someone else :() people need to realise that they can be smart by working hard for themselves and reap the benefits. So it’s great to hear from Seth that this era of conforming and conditioning is coming to an end, and the amazing opportunities that are out there if only people start to believe in themselves, to start to question, to ‘open their eyes’ and ‘listen to their own voices’ I have always questioned life’s rules… why should we do that? why is it so? (glad that I inherited the genes from my grandmother who was a suffragette lol 😉 and the odd looks and comments I have had from people who don’t share my beliefs but follow what I believe is ‘the herd mentality’ but now I am thankful to be connecting with so many like-minded people, and grateful for the support and mentorship that is available. I believe that everyone deserves the same chances in life as long as they are prepared to make choices and take action to achieve their goals, it’s all about creating the correct mindset and also about having a mission and purpose in life. To quote someone else’s words, ‘we are all stars and we all deserve a chance to shine’

    Thanks again Kellie (Mahalo), for sharing such interesting and thought-provoking posts.

    Denise 🙂

  35. Denise Gray Says:

    OOOPs! haha! that last post of mine (above) should say great/grandmother, I’m not that old lol! 😉

    Denise 🙂

  36. Kellie Hosaka Says:

    Aloha Denise,
    So nice to see you shining face on our blog! Yes, I totally agree with you. I used to feel very different as I never wanted to follow the herd mentality and I always felt very different. I too, am so glad that we live in an age where technology has evolved to the point where like-minded people are finding each other and together, the whole world and consciousness is shifting. It is such an exciting time!
    Thank you so much for your “smiling” comments! 🙂

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