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I couldn’t help but capture a conversation between two students a while back.
One was on her way to work and said she didn’t have time to chat, but time lagged on. She continued her conversation with her friend knowing full well she’d be late for work.
While she shared that she was satisfied to have the job (“It paid the bills”), she nonetheless complained about her job. She is in sales at a cell phone store. One of her issues one day was that her boss questioned her being on Facebook with her friends while she was supposed to be working. She explained that she had met her quota and didn’t know what his problem was.
Aha – “There are no traffic jams on the extra mile” ~ Zig Ziglar
The extra mile is surely the road less travelled and I believe it’s because most people don’t see the value in it.
Here it is:
First you work for yourself, then you work for someone else.
You see you don’t really get paid “by” someone you get paid “through” someone. Your compensation is directly connected to the value you bring to the table.
Limit your value. Limit your compensation.
But it’s even bigger than that.
When YOU hold value in what you do, you take care to do your very best job regardless of the pay or circumstances. This is about building character. If you remember 10th grade science class, energy is never destroyed. Energy is also never wasted. When you invest your energy in yourself, in developing your skills and willingness to do your best, you will always be held in high regard; first by you, then by others. Oh, and here’s the important part. It’s your regard that matters most.
My student friend in the cell phone job is a bright girl studying law.
I just know that when she gets herself, she’ll set the world on fire!