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Are you irreplaceable? #AskKirubi

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More often than not employees have the perception or attitude that they are irreplaceable within the organization. If you look closely, most of them are easily replaceable. However, there are a few whose skills and work output are irreplaceable. They have managed to cultivate their skill or have a unique selling point that places them above the rest. These are the guys you need to hold onto within the organization.

There’s an old saying that goes, ‘he who pays the piper calls the tune’. In most cases, the one who pays the piper or pays for the service can dictate exactly how they want something done. Now in this scenario (irreplaceable mindset), the piper can decide how much he will charge for playing a tune especially if it’s rare, on demand or the art of his play is unique. Why? The piper has developed a unique selling point that he can use to dictate his reward and this is something that each of you must look for.

Closer to home I met a young man who happens to be the brother of one of my employees, DJ Protégé. Scott, the man I met, is a talented violinist who has made sure that when you search for him on Social Media, you know that you are dealing with a professional (ProViolinist).

Now, this young man just doesn’t play the usual jazz music or other tunes you would expect from a violinist. He has mastered the art of playing this four-stringed instrument alongside original tunes and blending them with DJ mixes when entertaining his crowd and leaving them gasping for more. His rare style of play that is naturally perfected makes him popular and is sought for by many corporate events.

Friends, you need to create a name for yourself so that the world will beat a path to your door and reward you.  Now I will ask again? Are you irreplaceable? Is your skill, style of work and output irreplaceable?

Once you manage to do something few people can do, then you can pretty much name your price. So what have you got to offer? Who needs those skills and talents? How can you put them to best use? How do you tell those in need of your skills that you have them? What skill are you willing to master in order to meet a need that’s waiting to be met out there?

Think about it! We were all created differently, so each of us need to cash in on our unique factors. Refrain from saying that you don’t have or don’t know your unique selling point. Start today by asking your peers, workmates, bosses etc. what unique factor you have. Make your skill or talent ‘irreplaceable’ and let it define your success.

So wake up and smell the coffee. YOU ARE ‘IRREPLACEABLE!’

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