4 Steps to Go From Employee to Successful
Here are four steps
1. Start from the bottom – Employee
Who said succeeding in your career was easy? Everyone starts out as an
employee and begins learning from their boss. Wait? Didn’t I just say being an
employee was a way to NOT own your time? True, it does take away control
from you, but you’re going to need money. Everyone needs it to at least be able
to support themselves. Unless your parents are willing to let you live with them
and allow you to save up money you get from your job, you’re going to need a
source of income.
Not to worry, though. Most people will stay employees forever, but if you want to
succeed in your career…
2. Move towards the top – Valuable employee
You have to take the role as a valuable employee. This is going to require a lot
more work than you’re used to. Throw out the clock, grab a cup of coffee, and get
to work. To become valuable you’re going to have to work longer hours mostly
for free. Doing extra work for free will show your boss that you are working hard
and are differentiating yourself from your coworkers. However, don’t keep doing
this work for free. We’ll get to that in a moment.
Also, have other opportunities outside of your job. A valuable employee is one
that has many profitable options; without them, you’ll be strapped to the
company, and your time will forever be under the control of your boss.
3. Become a self-starter – Asset
It is at this stage that you should come to your boss to talk about extra pay for
your hard work. Now if you’ve been doing actually work, display it. Show how
much you’ve added to the company. And let’s not forget about your side project.
If you have been working on something on the side, use your newfound proceeds
to fund it. This is also the best time to persuade your boss to let you work
remotely for the company. Tell him that it would allow you to more efficiently work
for the company and on other important projects that could also prove profitable.
Since you’re now an asset, it shouldn’t be too difficult for him to agree. If your
work can’t be done remotely, just ask to spend less time on site because you’re
pursuing other projects that could potentially help the company off-site.
If he does agree and you are home free, don’t let the quality of your work slip. If
anything, improve the quality of your work to demonstrate that he made the right
4. Owner of your time – Location-independent employee or entrepreneur
Congrats, you are now probably making much more than your coworkers and are
probably location independent. Now that you own your time, you can go ahead
and put more effort into your projects. And maybe even start a business.
Despite my short synopsis of each step, this process takes work. It may take up
to a year or two in order to become a success, but it’s much better than being an
employee for the rest of your life. Even if it takes ten years, the payoff you will get
in the long run will be well worth it. The most valuable thing you have (the thing
that EVERYBODY wants) is your time. You should only give it to those who need
This is the mindset of a businessman. You’re already on your way