Desk sign at St. Louis Office Supply Company: “Dont be indispensable. If you cant be replaced, you cant be promoted.”
Sometime, when youre feeling important, Sometime, when your egos in bloom; Sometime, when you take it for granted Youre the best qualified man in the room; Sometime, when you feel that your going Would leave an unfillable hole, Just follow this simple instruction And see how it humbles the soul. Take a bucket and fill it with water; Put your hand in it, up to the wrist; Pull it out; and the hole thats remaining is a measure of how youll be missed. You may splash all you please, when you enter, You can stir up the water galore, But stop and youll find in a minute That it looks quite the same as before.
The moral in this quaint example Is do just the best that you can, Be proud of yourself, but remember Theres NO indispensable man!