There’s a particular mindset that makes you indispensable, a true linchpin.
It is a commitment to see a project through.
I’ve had (emphasis on past tense) team members who started a project with me, but then ran away when real work was in order.
We’ve all had people tell us they will do something, then fail to do it.
I’ve made my own mistakes of sitting back, too. A perfect example is Curb Magazine.
As managing editor, I’m involved in the entire process of making a magazine from scratch. From philosophy ideation, all the way through the launch and distribution of the final product. I work with four different teams (editorial, online, creative, and business) to reach distribution.
After we submit our design to the press house, and before distribution, the press house gives our publisher a proof copy of what they will print. Instead of getting involved in the last proofing process (the last chance to make any corrections to the magazine), I let my other team leaders handle it.
I didn’t see the process through, and, as a result of leaving the rest of the project to them (and no insult to their talent), two words are missing at the bottom of the first page of my story in the printed version of the magazine… all 10,000 of our one-time printed version. #lessonlearned
All of the skills businesses, companies, agencies, and leaders look for… they all make up the mindset of one’s commitment to a project, to their work, to passion.
When you get in the habit of seeing things all the way through, there’s no doubt you learn and strengthen all the skills employers and team members look for.
When you don’t follow through, you bring everyone down and hold yourself back.
Stay Positive & They’re Not Kidding When They Say Success Is A Mindset, Not A Skill List