Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Uniquely Brilliant


Photo Credit: Ostrich Egg Carvings
This morning I have several things on the brain that might seem unrelated at first glance:  Seth Godin, orchids, Dremel tools, dentures, "peticures," and egg carvings.  You just never know what you’re going to find here when I start writing at 2:30 a.m.  I enjoy being surprised by the things percolating in my brain at this hour.

So what is the connection?  The interwoven thread is that of being indispensable and uniquely brilliant.  I am, of course, thinking about Seth Godin’s book about linchpins.  One of the things Seth asks us is if we are indispensable.  I had always hoped to be seen in that way but in reality, when I first read his book, I had not yet experienced an organization that didn’t constantly remind my colleagues and I that we could be easily dispensed of and replaced. 

What makes you or I indispensable, or, in the definition of a human linchpin, essential?  We learn by reading Seth’s book that it is our unique brilliance.  And, our unique brilliance has to do with the artistry of our hearts and souls.  We become indispensable when we turn each day into a work of art. 

That explains where the title of this post and Seth Godin come into play.  You may still be wondering how I’m going to work in the orchid, false teeth, peticure, carving, and Dremel angles.  This has to do with the artistry, unique brilliance, and essence of those who make Squidoo such an incredibly creative unworkplace.

Unworkplace?  That’s right.  Squidoo is not typical in any way.  In this creative community, each writer is constantly encouraged to pour his or her indispensability into each interaction (with others and with stories).  So what is the work in an unworkplace?  It’s emotion, and passion, and delight.  It is being the work of art that we already are in essence.

That brings us to the rest of the story, as Paul Harvey would say.  A while back, I issued a challenge for creative souls to share reviews of their favorite Dremel tools.  In my “Do or Di” DIY world, the Dremel is indispensable.  It is uniquely brilliant.  It’s the one tool I would never want to be without.  I haven’t found anything that my Dremel cannot do.  It is a linchpin.

While visiting Dremel reviews on Squidoo, I have been continually amazed and delighted by the ingenious ways in which my fellow writers use their Dremel tools and accessories.  Please take a few moments to celebrate with me the unique brilliance of those who have demonstrated there are no limits to what two linchpins (human and Dremel) can accomplish in concert with one another.  

Denise McGill saves the day with her Dremel dentistry brilliance.  While Nathanville upcycles a plastic tumbler into an orchid pot using his Dremel, flycatcher gives her dogs a peticure.  Then there are the amazing egg carvings presented by Craft-E-Mom.

After checking out their artistry, might you join us as the newest member of our Squidoo Linchpin Collective?  We’d love to have the opportunity to appreciate the indispensable artistry and unique brilliance of you.


18 comments:

  1. Beautifully written article. Love how you pull everything together.

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  2. Thank you, Mary Beth. I appreciate your unique brilliance. :-)

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  3. Brilliant how you wove your topics together in this article, Diana. You are a true storyteller and soulful artist! Having just visited each of the Dremel articles you've shared, I have to say the dentistry and peticure are my favorites. I love ingenuity and usefulness combined!

    But of course, the brilliance of Seth Godin is the best of all. Everything of his that I have read is educational and inspirational, including his blog, as well as his books.

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    1. You always express such beautiful affirmations, Ruthi. It is at the core of your brilliance. And yes... we are all blessed by Seth Godin's unique brilliance.

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  4. Your featured articles about the Dremel certainly shows its versatility. What an amazing tool. I can see why you are all enthusiastic about it. And your blog post today is 'uniquely brilliant', as is its author!

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    1. I want to be as versatile as the Dremel in all that I do. Your comments always fill me up. How you always know just what to say is just one part of your unique brilliance. Thank you for you!

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  5. What they said! Mary Beth, Ruth, and Elf got here first and used all the descriptive words in their comments that I was going to apply to this post: ingenuity, enthusiastic, uniquely brilliant, storyteller, artist and more. Thanks for another inspirational post, Diana!

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    1. I so appreciate your engagement here, Susan. Your essence is indispensable.

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  6. As always, you have a beautiful way with words and a very creative mind! I love this article!

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    1. It was your brilliance that gave my words a home here. Our entire Review It! team knows how truly indispensable you are. I appreciate your unique gifts and talents.

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  7. Wonderful post. I'm so glad I found the unworkplace of Squidoo and you wonderful co-workers.

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    1. And we are so thrilled to have you in our unworkplace, Dawn.

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  8. I LOVED this post! You summed up Squidoo's purpose and philosophy so eloquently -- we all have something to share that is valuable to someone -- and that's what we do. I always look forward to and appreciate your musings -- 2AM or not, they are worth it!

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    1. Sure appreciate your beautiful essence, Mandee. What you offer cannot be replaced. You are definitely indispensable. Thanks for the super generous comments here and on Facebook. :-)

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  9. Thanks for the plug. I love all the ways the Dremel can be used. I've used it for sculpting before too and some ceramic work. Maybe one day I'll write another lens on that.

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    1. Happy to promote your creativity, Denise. I do encourage you to publish another lens about your Dremel sculpting and ceramic work. That will be outstanding! I am always blown away by your art.

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  10. Great post. Doing what we enjoy is the first step to enjoy what we do.

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    1. Oh yes. We must love what we do and do what we love.

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