I first saw someone low on the totem pole become "indispensable" when I was in college, there's was this guy named John and we were in a business club together.
He worked for Intel as a lowly employee, and one of the things he did was he noticed that everyone needed to learn how to use Microsoft Excel and no one knew how to use it.
People needed to put stuff from one column into another column and take the first letter and put it into the next column. No one knew how to do that. So he looked up on the internet and found out that you can do a thing called concatenation. The next day he goes to work. He's like, Hey, we can concatenate these two columns. And everyone was like blown away.
So, what he did was he actually bought a book Excel for dummies flipped through it, learned a couple of things. Next thing, you know, he's the go-to guy in the entire office for Microsoft Excel stuff.
Fast forward a few months. Intel's not doing so hot. It has to lay off the entire department. He was in. This is hundreds of people. Here's the funny thing. There was two people that weren't fired. The director who got moved around. And my friend, John. And the reason was. He's the guy that used to go to the director all the time. When the director had questions with Excel help.
He was the only guy in this tech company who knew how to use Microsoft Excel really well. And so the director kept him on specifically like this 22 year old kid. Because he knew how to use Excel . Isn't that hilarious? He made himself indispensable.
In today's world. It's very easy to just watch a couple of YouTube videos about Excel or follow a couple of TikToK or Instagram or Twitter accounts about Excel tricks. And you will learn so much more than the average person.
Over the years I've seen this happen over and over with a couple of people and the people that are indispensable spend maybe 25% more time just researching a topic. That's it. It seems the bar is so low to become the indispensable person. It's ridiculous.