Pain is Weakness Leaving The Body

Intellectual growth is a most humbling experience. In order to grow, you must push yourself beyond your comfort level.

It’s easy to repeat what you already know. It’s satisfying to be the expert. But, to be the rookie is humbling.

Careers are crumbling among my peers. What seemed a long term plan yesterday, is gone today. Things like reward for loyalty, insurance benefits and administrative support are no longer realities for a lot of people I know. Automation, cheaper and younger workforce and entrepreneurialism have replaced those perks.

If you’ve been doing the same thing for the past 10+ years, earning about the same, with a similar degree of stress, please hire me. I want what you have, but you are probably a figment.

More likely, you are working harder, earning less and pining for yesterday. If that sounds familiar, get over it. We all can relate.

Here are 5 ways to improve your job security starting today-

Tell your customers “I don’t know, but will ask ” more than “its not done that way”. Because, before you know it, someone else will do it “that way.”

Stretch yourself to perform beyond your former benchmark. That means set quantifiable goals and evaluate yourself at set intervals for accomplishing them. This doesn’t have to be directly tied to your work. It can be physical achievement, a challenging hobby, or any marketable skill. Take a tech skills class. Learn a new language.

Read the signs around you. If your job responsibilities have shrunk as others have taken on some of your former work after a restructure, don’t sit back and congratulate yourself on your good fortune. Karma is real.

Consider the job that no one else wants. I don’t mean the grunt job that’s unappealing because there’s little reward. I mean the job that’s too hard or too scary or too inconvenient, but, because of these reasons, the reward is available to be earned. There’s little that’s more secure than the job that no one else wants.

Finally, just work hard. You know when you are and when you’re not. The reward for a hard day’s work is tangible. If you don’t know exactly how to make yourself more useful, then ask. I promise you there’s someone looking at your gig and thinking, I could do that and I’d be willing to work harder, earn less, be more likeable, etc.

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