You aren’t that important.  Yep, I said it.

Look, you are probably very good at your job and you work very hard.  You’ve probably earned your position, your status, your paycheck, and your reputation.  You’ve spent your career learning the ins and outs of what you do and you have a lot of wisdom to share. 

With all of this knowledge and ability, you have probably also earned a lot of responsibility and probably a lot more work to go along with it.  Good thing you are very good at your job.

Of course, all this goodness probably means you have your hands in a little of everything.  This can be exhausting at times.  Maybe you even feel stuck.  Are the people around you doing as much as you are doing?  Do you sometimes feel lonely even when you are surrounded by people?  Why doesn’t everyone else care about the job as much as you do?

Does this sound familiar?   If so, I want to tell you a hard truth. 

It’s your fault.

When we get good at our job, we begin to believe that we are the best person for the job and that nobody else can do it as well as we can.  That simply isn’t true.  You aren’t that important. 

Maybe it's time to let others learn to be good at their job.  Maybe it's time to delegate and not expect others to do the job the same way you would do it.  Maybe it is time to allow for some mistakes and some learning to occur.  Maybe it is time that you weren’t the superstar anymore and its time to let others step up.   Maybe you can support them with encouragement and coaching questions. 

You aren’t that important.  And that is a good thing!

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