I spent a lot of years acting out of desperation. Always looking for the next best thing. The thing that would finally put me and my family in a situation of relative comfort. Chasing these dreams really did nothing for me. Remember, the grass is generally not greener on the other side. I made bad decision after bad decision after bad decision. I always thought I needed to change. Do something different… a different job at a different place, or a different career, or this scheme over here or that scheme over there. Until I didn’t any more.
Keep your job. Stay where you are. Keep your current career. Quit chasing the latest scheme. Do what you do… only better. I started to do this last year. I stuck to what I was doing. I had a steady pay, though it wasn’t great, it was enough. I decided to dive in and kill what I WAS doing. I actually did this in the two(2) jobs I was working.
Do whatever it takes to make the grass on your side greener. – Jason Lancaster
That’s what I was doing. Caring for my own grass with meticulous detail. Feeding, pruning, cutting, watering my grass. As I did, people were grass green with envy. Here is how I did it.
Be professional. – I have always dressed professionally. I have always tried to treat people with respect. I have always been punctual. My attitude towards these things changed. I began to be professional to achieve success, not to avoid reprimand. This changed how I felt about my self and my self confidence. It changed from “going to work” to “going to achieve success.”
Be Passionate. – Care about what you are doing. Don’t just go through the motions. Put your heart and soul into it.
Passion rebuilds the world for the youth. It makes all things alive and significant. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Be knowledgeable. – Know your stuff. Become an expert at what you do. Know everything there is to know. Know more than everyone else.
Be quality. – My work has been decent in the passed but nothing to write a blog about… until now. I upped the quality of the work I was producing. I went out of my way to make everything I do better than it has been. I focused more, investigated more, and studied more. What I created/submitted was focused on quality not on completion. Don’t just get it done, get it done well.
Be noticeable. – Be involved with big wigs. Help them with anything and everything. Offer up solutions to their common problems. Be the one they go to because you know the answer. Bounce ideas off them, often. Be in the forefront. Be an integral part of your business unit. Never be missed. Never be invisible.
Be impactful. – Make your company more money. Not just by your own efforts but offer up ideas that could make the company as a whole more money be it a new product/service or new/improved sales strategy. Save your company money. Again, not just you, but ideas that could save your company a lot of money either through cost savings or reduced labor costs, etc. Increase productivity for your company. Introduce areas in which your company could become more efficient thus more productive.
A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives. – Jackie Robinson
That effort was a consistent effort towards being a better person, not about getting paid. Only worry about what you are doing, not what you are getting. The work I churned out was terrific. Now all of a sudden I was worth more than what I was making and people knew. and eventually they had to do something about it. This took time. It took discipline to avoid the pitfalls of desperation. It also opened up a new job opportunity that I never dreamed possible. It gives new meaning to quality time. Provide quality over time and you will be rewarded.