There are some of you out there who actually enjoy your jobs and you even enjoy who you work for. I know, it sounds crazy but it’s actually true. However, you still have the desire to get ahead in your own career and you might also have the kind of autonomous position where you practically are your own boss and where you can control your destiny (sales jobs, recruiting jobs, real estate, etc etc). However, whether you are thinking of leaving your current job or just want to excel at your current one, there is no better time than now to get into the entrepreneurial mindset in whatever you are doing at the moment. First, in my view you need a certain kind of environment to do this in. I repeat, certain conditions must exist. And these conditions are:
- You have the kind of job where you can excel
- You have the kind of job where your bosses want you to excel
If you don’t have a one and a two then honestly you need to think about transitioning your career, which I can certainly get more into (just email me or comment on this post). If you have the kind of boss that’s holding you back or a company that wants you to stay put exactly where you are then you really shouldn’t be at said job. If you like staying in the same place, making the same money, never moving anywhere and are content with this, then you probably shouldn’t be reading this. A successful manager or CEO will want people under them that are smarter than they are. They should want the best talent around. They should want you to excel and grow because A. That will make their company grow and B. It makes them look good for hiring you. If they’re the type of bosses that seek personal attention, give you no credit or incentive to well in your job then that’s not the kind of environment you need.
So let’s say you’re in a career you like and you have the right conditions to do so but you’re not necessarily doing it at the moment. What exactly can you start doing?
- Act as if – it may be that I’m stealing a line from the movie “Boiler Room” but the phrase “act as if” applies greatly in your career and your life. It’s a mental mindset that sets the tone for your day and can do wonders for you career. If you haven’t been acting as an entrepreneur in your current career then start doing so. Act as if this business is YOUR business. Act as if every single move you make can affect the company, your future, your family, your entire life because if you run a business that’s what you’ll be running into. Act as if you’re trying to make a million bucks on your own. If you’re not getting into the mindset that your own career isn’t as important to you as if you had your own business then if you do in fact leave your job then you will not have developed a proper mindset to be in business for yourself. You might slack off because you “could” before in your old job. Someone may have covered for you or a deadline that needed to be made didn’t technically needed to be made. When you work for a big company there’s a fair amount of things you can get away with. Being in business for yourself allows you way less room for error. So you might as well get into the mindset of acting as if you’re running your own business right now.
- Ask for more responsibility, learn as much as you can – you think your boss is going to be angry at you if you ask to do more? What do you really know about the company? What do you really know about your boss? Try and get as great an understanding of the company you work for as you can. Again, act as if you’re running the company. The only way you can run a company is by knowing everything about it. The only way to do more is to ask to do more. You’ll be surprised. Plus you’re then differentiating yourself from the rest of the pack.
- Go Straight to the top – This isn’t to say you go behind the back of your boss, but if you have a cool enough boss (which if you don’t you shouldn’t be in that job in the first place) then get a meeting with the CEO of the company. Who cares if you’re in the mailroom? What mailroom person asks for a meeting with the CEO? You think the CEO of the company wouldn’t take notice if someone at the bottom of the chain kept asking for a meeting? You think the person with that kind of ambition and drive is going to stay in the mailroom for long? Sit down with them. Ask them what it takes to be where they are. It may take you months, even a year to set up that meeting but be persistent and don’t stop until it happens. If they’re a good CEO then they’re going to care about everyone in the company. Remember, you can never ask enough questions.
This should get you off to a great start.