kicked off the year with a great new opportunity.
call it an opportunity, not a job, for a very important
our entrepreneurial-obsessed society, the word "job" can
conjure up a whole host of negative thoughts and
emotions. In fact, during the first week of my new
opportunity, some of the comments I heard from
acquaintances, friends and even colleagues were as
to the grind?"
the ranks of working stiffs?"
more freedom for you!"
flexibility, hello 9 to 5"
me understand...you left what we all dream of for
sad as it sounds, many of us dread being employees and
fantasize that having our own business is like having
the perfect world. The truth is there is no
perfect world, each has its pros and cons.
with a shift in perspective, a job can be freed from its
shift happened for me when I realized that going back to
work as an employee for an organization was nothing more
than having one big client.
all, my new employer has contracted me for a job to be
done, just as I would have been contracted by a
prospective client. The difference is that this
job just happens to be big enough that I need to be
available to this one client on a full time basis.
I don't have enough time in my day or in my week
to add another client. I am an entrepreneur with
one big client, which happens to be my employer.
don't think there is one entrepreneur on this planet
that wouldn't love to be paid for every working
why do we continue to downplay being employed?
Because we don't view our jobs in the right light.
When you have an entrepreneurial
perspective with a job, you free yourself up from being
trapped by these misguided ideas about what a "job"
here are some tips to keep in mind as you begin to think
of yourself as an entrepreneur with one key client and
turn your job into a "perfect world" opportunity:
Keep engaged in your work by learning all you can
in order to get the job done for what you were
Continue to add value so that your contract
continues to be renewed with your employer.
Treat your boss as your main client by meeting
their needs and expectations.
Keep a broad view on your industry and challenge
yourself to keep current with industry standards.
Develop a rich network both internal and external
to your organization.
Laura Lopez is an
award-winning author of The
Connected and Committed Leader. She is a leadership and
branding expert who has been featured on the Today Show,
Latina Voices Smart Talk, Living Smart and Fox
In addition, her accomplishments have been
highlighted in several business periodicals
including Personal Excellence, The Long Beach
Business Journal, The Houston Chronicle, Latina
Magazine, and Central Valley Business Times. Her
articles on management and leadership are regularly seen
in Leadership Excellence.
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