Seth Godin recently wrote on his blog, “The thing that made you busy might have been the reputation you earned for being reliable.”
This caught my attention.
I find this to be true all around me every day. We ask for favors from those we know will get it done. And when we discover that someone is really good at one thing, we give them more to do in hopes they will be good at those other things as well.
Eventually, this giving turns into a big pile of stuff that may not belong to them, but we keep doing it. Then, this big pile of stuff makes them less reliable because now there’s just so much stuff to do.
What to do if you’re the giver of so much stuff? Reconsider your options and avoid killing the goose that lays the golden eggs. What to do if you’re the receiver? Learn to say no.