Seth Godin – Holding the umbrella

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Harry Truman talked about where the buck stops.

For every project, for every organization that lasts, someone is holding the umbrella.

She’s the one on the hook if things don’t go well. She’s the one who doesn’t walk away from a problem, even if the office is closed. Most important, the person holding the umbrella decides what to do next.

It’s fun to work on a successful project, and thrilling to invent, create and connect. But the real work comes when it’s your turn to hold the umbrella.

It’s entirely possible that you’ve let other people seduce you into believing that it’s not yet your turn. Ignore them. There are lots of umbrellas just waiting for someone to hold them.