The words of Christopher Morley often entered my thoughts during my career:
"The fellow who doesn't need a boss is often selected to be one."
Do you need someone to tell you what to do, when to do it, and how to do it? Or, are you the type of person who takes the initiative? Is your attitude solution oriented even when issues are not ones that you created. The people who reap the rewards are those who go beyond their assigned duties.
Not Sure Why
Many people don't understand why they are by-passed for promotions. Some people think promotions should be given by seniority only. If they stopped and objectively looked at the differences between themselves and the person who got the promotion, they would see why they did not receive the promotion.
Some people mentally quit their job years ago, but their body still goes to work every day. These types of people are quite willing to let others do their work for them. They are not solution oriented, their attitude is one that the company owes them. However, in the end, they are the ones who usually suffer.
Here Are Key Ingredients
As you work towards a successful career, remember "RIPE":
R eliable - be reliable in many ways - just showing up for work everyday is not what I am referring to, be reliable in offering to do more, to present solutions, to help others
These personal attributes can readily assist you in a successful career.
I nitiative - take the initiative, do more and learn more than is expected , share your learning's, make suggestions for improvement, do not wait for someone to tell you what to do, just do it
P ositive - have a positive attitude , this makes all the difference. You can teach anyone new technical skills but you cannot teach attitude, this is completely within your control, you decide the type of attitude you dlemonstrate
E nthusiasm - your enthusiasm will rub off on others! Be the person who others come to for solutions, don't let others get you down.
What Role Does Luck Play?
Now, you also be thinking that luck has played a role in someone getting promoted over you. If you do, that luck you may refer to is luck that was created and initiated by the person all their own. This is not luck that saw them be in the right place when a job came open either; instead, this is a person who prepared to be promoted by doing whatever it took to advance their own expertise even if that meant that they would attend part-time courses or seminars and by paying for these without any assistance by their company.
It is not a matter that one cannot be better at work and position themselves to get ahead. It is more a matter that most people, from my experience, expect that simply by showing up for work that they can get promoted, or even, worse, that they deserve it despite the fact they are willing to do no more than what is expected.
A Perfect Example
There was a young man who used to work for me who decided that his chosen profession was not working in my industry but as an actor. This was his passion and his goal. He worked for me for only a short time and all the while was preparing for a whole new adventure. And an adventure that he was more than willing to do whatever he had to in order to make it his reality. He left my area, and I never heard too much about him until one day I was watching a new TV series and there he was in a lead role. The series went on for several years and just recently aired their last show.
The Messages Are Clear
Two key messages - The first being that you do not have a passion for what it is you currently do, find one that really excites you and go full steam ahead and do everything possible to get there. The second message is that you need to prepare for what it is you want to do even if this means that you need to do something else in the meantime to pay your bills.
All you need is passion. If you have a passion for something, you'll create the talent."
"By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail."