Many people worry that they will become replaceable one day. It’s one of the most common worries people have about their careers. It isn’t nice to imagine that some person or technology might come along and take your job. But it might surprise you to learn that for the most successful among us, this is exactly the goal. In fact, being able to replace yourself is one of the fundamental keys to growing as an entrepreneur.
Successful entrepreneurs realize that they need to train and develop the people around them. Those people should be able to run the company even in their absence. This can be a hard sell for those of us with even a modest ego. We want to believe we are the center of everything and that people would be lost without us. But this is counter to what we need to be successful.
When you become replaceable, you create a work environment that allows knowledge to flow at your company. You build leaders who you can trust to take care of your company while you focus on improving it. You can take on new projects and push the envelope while being confident that what you have built so far will be in good hands.
What are some ways you can replace yourself?