Unless you’re in the enviable position where you are making a gajillion dollars per year blogging or some other internet business or internet marketing venture, chances are you’re working (hopefully while working you are building your business).
But what kills me are those people that whine about what they are making (or not), whining all the time that they can’t seem to get a break or get a promotion or raise but all the while they are not willing to step up to the plate to do prove that they can do more.
For example I know someone that works in a call center. They get paid a OK wage for what they do, they certainly could not feed a family but as a single person he does OK.
So he complains to me the other day about his salary, blah-blah-blah. So I asked him a few questions:
- Do you do anything extra at work to get a raise or promotion?
- ANSWER – No, why should I do extra work if I won’t get paid for it?
- Excuse me? If you’re not showing your boss that you’ve got the mettle why should s/he ever (ever) consider you for a raise or promotion?
- Have you tried looking for another job?
- ANSWER – Jeez… no.
- Yah – how did I know he would say that.
Uh-huh. So you’re not making enough. You don’t want to do anything extra at work to prove your stuff and you don’t want to look for another job.
Two words for him – lazy ass.
Regardless of whether you’re trying to build an online business, or build your career – you need to work at it to get ahead.
If career/job is your goal – WORK AT IT! I understand that not everyone can run a business; if everyone could then we would not have people that are willing to work in labor positions or things like cleaning washrooms. Any job, regardless of what it is requires that the individual put in a level of effort to do the BEST DAMN JOB THEY CAN - anything less and you’re fooling yourself and wasting your time.
Either do the best you can, or quit and look for something else. You are not doing yourself or the company you are working for any favours. In fact you are doing more harm to yourself than good.
Regardless of where you are in the ladder, you are reporting to someone. Granted the lower you are on the ladder the more you have to prove yourself but as you make your way up – life does get easier.
- PEON > Reports to manager, MUCH more pressure to perform, less flexability in day-to-day activities and little control over work.
- MANAGER > Reports to senior manager, EVEN MORE pressure to perform however MORE flexability in day-to-day activities and more control over the work environment
- SENIOR MANAGER > Reports to VP/SVP. Think manager x 10.
- VP/SVP/CEO etc., > Reporting to someone. Maybe shareholders? Maybe to fund managers?
Regardless of where you are at in the organization you are reporting to someone. Don’t think for a minute that if you’re the owner you have nobody to report to. If you’re employing 100 people (or 10) you are responsible for those individuals. If you need to lay people off – it’s YOU doing the dirty-deed. Those people are looking to you as a leader, and possibly as a mentor.
If you’re not getting ahead in your business, or personal life or professional life – step back and take a serious look at what YOU are doing or not doing. You MUST be brutally honest with yourself, and you must stop making excuses.
- If you’re supposed to be at work at 7:00am but show up at 7:15am every day — resolve to come to work on time.
- If you’re only entitled to a 30 minute lunch break, but decide to take 45 minutes — resolve to take only a 30 minute break.
Remember others around you are watching what you do, and they talk — trust me do they ever talk. I get lots of news from my team about who has done what. I take it all with a grain of salt, but as I make the rounds (I like MBWA – management by walking around) I can see who is doing what or not doing.
So let me ask you again – what are you doing to get ahead in life – business or personal? You won’t be able to fake it till you make it. Be honest, and assess yourself and you will be surprised at where you can go once you have an honest appraisal of yourself.