In my last post, I discussed all the wonderful things you look forward to when you commute to your daily job. Hopefully, it really got you to think about what you must look forward to each day. Now, let’s discuss some other so called positive attributes to having a job. The first one I would like to discuss is advancement. When you first start out with a new company, you normally go through an orientation phase. This is where you learn all about what is expected of you, company policies, and fill out all the necessary paperwork. Along with all of this, you are usually shown a series of videos where you are informally introduced to several fellow employees who you will never meet. These fellow employees tell you their stories where they started at the bottom and worked their way to their present position. All of this is meant to give you a pumped up “I can do it to attitude.” The truth of the matter is that all these motivational tales are just that: tales. In reality….You Will Not Advance!
I’m not trying to sound cruel. I am just telling you how it really is based on my, and countless others experience. When you walk in the door, minds have already been made up. Do you think I am making all of this up? Seriously, are you a positive thinker who believes all the motivational rah rah hey hey horse manure? Please let me explain further. Let’s start at day one of your job. You walk into your work area and meet your boss and co-workers. You are shown your cubicle or shop. You are given a computer login, maybe a security badge, an employee handbook…etc. Your first several days are usually spent adjusting and understanding your job. Okay, now you are in the flow…or so you think. You then quickly realize that certain people seem to be more in tune with the workplace vibe. These same people always seem to have a heads up with what is coming down the road. These are the people who the boss always seems to talk to and share information with. In other words….You Are Not In The Loop.
After you realize this fact, you do your best to grind ahead. You try to do your job as efficiently as possible. You dread coming to work in the morning and cannot wait for your workday to end. You are always asking yourself what you are doing wrong. You cannot understand why you are being left behind. Others have moved ahead, haven’t they? There must be a better way. Should I enroll in evening college courses, look for a new job, ask for a transfer to another department? Well, I hate to break the bad news to you. The reality is that you are working harder, not smarter. Being smart means that you must start your own business. I am not talking about a typical brick and mortar store or a franchise. I am talking about a home based business.