I get it. I’m the same way.
It’s a lie we tell ourselves: that our particular talent and skill level at work makes us irreplaceable in some alternate universe that isn’t reality.
The cold hard truth, however, is that as an employee, no matter how awesome you are—and you are awesome—you are replaceable.
The pieces will be picked up.
The company will not go to shambles following your departure.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average will not plummet sending the stock market into a death spiral.
You are replaceable.
While I do advocate that you should work hard and efficiently in your job, just remember this: it is a job, and you are replaceable.
There’s a reason why it’s #2 on this list, after all. On no one’s death bed do they say, “You know, if I had only spent more time obsessing about work and less time with my family and friends…”
When your time comes, your job will not be sitting front row at your funeral with a snotty tissue and red eyes recalling how hilarious you were, or how kind, or how gentle.
It won’t remember that time you got in a car wreck while parked.
Your family will.
Your friends will.
Your job won’t though.
Your job won’t because you are replaceable.
You’re dead, and your job and irreplaceable skill-set and value to the company have been replaced and are in job training until 5 p.m.
Now stop writing that email in your head.
It can wait until tomorrow.
Go play with LEGOs.
Or draw or color in a coloring book with your kids.
Or take them on a bike ride or a walk.
They probably think your job is boring anyway.
Thanks for reading.