I over heard a conversation between two ladies. They seemed frustrated about how their job situations were going. They were putting in many hours, but were feeling under appreciated with no increase in pay.
So I got to thinking…. aren’t we all self-employed?
If you are in a 9 to 5 job, your boss is your only client; therefore, giving your very best to keep your client happy is recommended. If you don’t like your client, you can fire them or they will fire you. Most employment arrangements are at will. Instead of wasting time whining, change the client you are serving.We have to learn to convert our energy and focus on things that contribute to our ultimate goal. So if you’re spending 40 or more hours with your client, and that time doesn’t contribute to your overall goal, then don’t do it.
You may say, “That’s easier said than done.”
Of course, our natural inclination is to be lazy. Think about water; it flows down hill because that’s its natural flow. Anything that takes effort requires us to do things we would rather not do. It takes extra effort to change things that have become a habit for us.
Not changing an uncomfortable situation indicates that there is some reward, some payoff, for staying in that same position. No one really gets used to pain. The only reason to stay in an uncomfortable situation is that it’s not painful enough or the rewards are sufficient to counter balance the pain.
There are countless benefits to having a self-employed mindset.
- The work ethic you develop is transferrable. Have you ever noticed that people who have a good work ethic also tend to be disciplined in other areas of their lives? Of course there are always exceptions; but remember that generally success principles are transferrable and will assist you in all areas of your life.
- The marketing skills you develop are valuable in any field you choose. Every day that you arrive on time at your employment and produce the most excellent work possible, you are continually selling your services and increasing your value to your client. Thus making you an asset to the client. If you are an asset and bring value to your clients, you can usually expect more income – if not from your current employer, at least in the long run, because you will become known for your true value.
- People with a self-employed mindset tend to seek and expect opportunity. The more opportunities you have and make use of, the greater your opportunity for increased income.
If you are a slacker and choose to do the bare minimum, everywhere you go and everything you do, you will receive the bare minimum in return. In the long run, you lose.
Find a few high achievers or mentors in your area and observe their habits. They make things look easy, but the fact is it takes practice and persistence to master new habits or behaviors.You have to be intentional if you are to change your mindset. There’s no such thing as all of a “sudden” he/she is doing so well or seems to have their life together. Success doesn’t just happen; it’s a lifetime of taking the correct actions towards your desired goals.
Resources of Self-Employed