On WorkPosted: May 18, 2012
“I’ll get a job!”. It all starts with this. Driven by either poverty or clinical boredom everyone sooner or later decides to get a grip on his life and start doing something constructive. The global idea is to start earning experience and own money and eventually independence. The vague contours of the idea seem reasonable but execution is as easy as swimming 100m underwater. If I was a statistics geek which I am not I bet 90% of the population isn’t actually employed in the desired business area. And at least those 90% are convinced that their labor is underpaid. Why is that happening? Why is everyone thinking that they deserve the CEO’s desk? On the outside it seems quite a sweet job. But be careful what you wish for! The luxury lifestyle and the giant salary are as attractive to the normal employee as is fresh meat to starving piranhas but on the other hand the high-profile executive’s life is a nightmare. They are actually in a position to make the type of mistake that may turn out to be the cause of a pulled trigger. Work has devoured leisure time. And the aging process is noticeable from New Year’s Eve to Christmas. Cliches become so for a reason – “with the big power also goes big resposibility”.
So what happens next? Where should we start? All the ambitions are there but the absence of experience and references overcomes your charm and qualification (men only). And there comes the time for sacrifice – lower your expectations and make the first step of the ladder. From that moment on you start to realize that actually things are not quite like you have imagined. The textbook archives in your brain are useful but are not even half the business. You need to level up in terms of professional skills and overall knowledge. And we all know the leveling up happens as a reward for the gained experience. Although it really is simple most of the people don’t make it. The most common mistake is to forget your goals set from the beginning. To reach an average step on the ladder and to stay there in safety’s sake. It’s another trigger puller. Not that sharp and sound but very prolonged and boring. Personally I think it’s a blessing to work with passion. Athletes , artists , entertainers , writers and all the others that cash out their talents and hobbies are living a dream. For the rest of us – keep calm and get promoted regularly.
Lazy-reader version : Finding the right job is a quest. No matter what you do your effort is going to be recognized at some point. Qualification is an advantage but not an insurance. Dedication and hard work are the foundations of a successful career. Don’t allow failure to tweak your mind. Get deeply involved in your business and go for gold.