What is the thing that you can add to the world that no one else can?
This question was driven home to me when reading a story about the founder of YouTube. You see, Steve Chen was an early employee at Facebook, one of the first 15 people there.
Then, he turned in his resignation to start YouTube. One of his colleagues at Facebook heard the news and said this to him:
“[Facebook] is going to be as important as any company in the history of Silicon Valley and you are making a huge mistake.”
In some ways, this answer is ironic to read, just as it is to think about all the people who rejected The Beatles, or those who passed on Harry Potter when J.K. Rowling was first shopping it around.
The story about Steve leaving Facebook to start YouTube was posted on Quora, and what really hit home to me was this comment:
“The world is a better place because he quit. [Facebook] would have always done well even without Steve.”
That blew me away.
How, so many of us feel essential at jobs we work for others, but they are not jobs that we enjoy or even believe in.
Sure, we know we are making a contribution, and love the validation of being an essential part of a team.
But often — too often — we get stuck there. Stuck in jobs that we don’t love.
Stuck at companies that would get along just fine without us, as our other dreams lie dormant.