Hello SOTGC community,
Today millions of people are searching for ideal companies to work for, while companies are also looking for the ideal employee. Many job postings can be found anywhere from the newspaper, employment agencies, and the Internet to name a few. In an effort to find the perfect match, companies are seeking that individual who is worth the investment, while many on the other end are sizing up their options to decide which company they want to be vested with.
I remember my first position within a state system. This was all very new to me, as I had been an at-will employee forever! My corporate America training was my induction into a society of results, customer service, and the “what have you done for me lately” mentality. As a senior sales representative in one of the most revered industries, I became accustomed to the grinding for greatness mantra on a daily basis. There were no unions, no protection, and definitely no permanent appointment! The idea of being vested was not an option or consideration for that matter. My colleagues and I took pride in the notion that we were investing in ourselves and not looking for the blanket of security from any company. We reveled in our successes, failures, and enjoyed the fruit from both!
Now, being vested is not all doom and gloom. Being vested has its benefits and I’ve witnessed many of them. However, I have seen the listless attitudes of those who have given up the fight for innovation, ingenuity, and brilliance. The idea is to use the platform as we should be using all platforms to invest in ourselves, our communities, families and friends in ways that are beneficial. How can we use our positions to make life better in an effort to live out our personal missions? If being vested has caused you to stop pushing the envelope, thinking outside of the box, and asking difficult questions, then is it time to reframe your picture, or maybe replace it altogether?
Instead of living in your comfort zone, try reigniting your enthusiasm for investing in those things bigger than you! I have faith in you and believe with every fiber in my being that investing has many more rewards in life. It offers a perspective that can’t be explained and/or described. Remember the carefree days of your childhood, when you placed no limitations on anything. Living a life riddled with security, playing it safe and being scared to fail is not exciting. Rapper Drake is featured on one of Nicki Minaj’s songs titled “Moment 4 Life.” In the song Drake shares the most prolific line in the whole song. He says “everybody dies, but not everyone lives.” I invite you all to reach, stretch and embrace that ever fulfilling life wrapped in the freedom of investing!
Identify how you will use your platform of investing to make 2015 better. Then write them down in a place where you can see it, at least twice a day. Then share your investing with MEE via Twitter and tag @empowermee and @SOTGC in your post, as we would love to share you with our community!