Bad job to BETTER job — Pride, Excellence & Success…

Bad job to BETTER job — Today, one cannot just shuffle along in our world and expect to make a decent living. Nor should you be even contemplating shuffling along. Today, one has to do better. You must absolutely do better.

TIP: Anyone CAN learn a new job if you are able and willing to learn something new and can readily adapt.

Caveat: some jobs do require higher levels of math, science and engineering but outside of that, YOU can pick up a new job, especially if your new job environment is also willing to help you learn any extra pieces of needed knowledge to be successful.

If you find yourself in a job that you dislike, causing you much angst and grief or even if you out-right hate your job – you cannot just up and quit, not without a decent plan in place. Because if you do just quit, whether it is out of spite due to hating your job or any other number of reasons, you’re apt to repeat that ‘mistake,’ likely making it into a continuous cycle.

Instead, why not take a huge step further and be better, if not the best, at what you are doing…? Take pride in your job and do your best to learn all you can about it, even if no one is willing to assist you. It may take longer but you can do it. Do the best possible work at that job – while you’re planning for your next, better, job. Your efforts and preparations will more than pay itself back in dividends you did not expect.

For one, even if you ‘do’ hate your current job, what you do will show others how dedicated you are to your work, your job, your livelihood.

For another, if you are doing your best, you “WILL” gain a glowing recommendation going forward. If your superiors do not notice and give you such a recommendation, after you have done your best while doing that great work – that is a failure on your superior’s part, not on you.

— Make no mistake though, you ‘have’ to do a great job, not a half-ass job or anything that you ‘think’ will make others satisfied – you MUST do a job that others will perceive as an actual great job due to “your” efforts. You cannot/should not be sitting around talking about and playing Fantasy Football or March Madness, etc., as so many others do during working hours, you have to do better.

If you take pride in doing the best you can, it will show through to others. And yes, it will/may be difficult at times but you must keep going, even in the many varied faces of adversity – keep your enthusiasm for your future up, somehow. Be positive; use some kind of imagery or memories or visualization that is motivating to you to keep you going. Push yourself.

— Keep taking one step at a time, it will get better.

Even better, the work you do will not only show through to your superiors, it will show through to your customers and your customers will have a much more wonderful experience. And make no mistake here, most people that you encounter during your work day is your customer in one form or another.

Just because you might be suffering, why make your customers suffer – needlessly? If you make them suffer, or cause them to, they will always remember you, in no flattering terms…

Having that Pride and Excellence shine through every working hour “WILL” definitely put on the right path to Success – you just have to follow through and create a more wonderful cycle of work life at your current unsatisfying job, instead of a repeating, self-fulfilling prophecy of continual job hatred.

You ‘have’ to do better, then move on to more success.

All the difficult efforts you experience will reap many benefits later on; you just have to be patient to realize those future goals. Nothing is free and many things are not immediate, unfortunately, you will/may have to suffer some difficulties and some intolerable work to move on.

There is not much that is easy, you just have to keep on pushing until you do find the work, the job you love doing.

But, be CONFIDENT in everything you do! That confidence will also help you in your strides forward – without a good helping of confidence, well, let’s just say you should work at having confidence in everything you do, it is worth it.

 

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Brand & Excellence

Brand 

This is what makes you, you and whatever you do that makes you unique and special. You are your brand and you must develop and cultivate it. You have to make it shine now and in the future.

If you care about your future, you will want to do all you can to show how much you think of yourself – not as a prima donna or as a diva of any kind. But as a well thought out process to show how successful you are as you go through life and how you interact with others of all walks of life.

Your brand should be indelibly tied with the following traits;

  • Successful, Trustworthy, Diligent, Ethics based, Hardworking but Smart working, Honesty and Enthusiasm (unless you’re of the book worm/nerd variety where you’re more of the quiet sort, which is good and okay too)

How important is your personal brand, your reputation? Is it significant or do you not care? You should.

Your REP

Hone it and own it – there is no other way, you must be above board and honor all of your commitments. Your reputation is what others rely on in dealing with you.

If you are thoughtless and engage in activities that diminish and demean you, you will fail and none will respect you. That is, they will not respect you again until you spend a great deal of time and effort rebuilding your reputation. Again, that is, if you care.

Your word should be your bond. Your handshake should be your bond. I have discussed this in previous writings but it does not hurt to repeat it here. If you can look another in the eye as you shake their hand, giving your word AND meaning it – you will be far above the pack where many people seem not to care what they say, how they say it, to who they say it to or where they say it.

Yes, reputation vs brand – flip sides of a double sided coin (not a Janus coin), although not the same both are similar… They both boil down to being a part of your identity.

Brand           a particular product or a characteristic that serves to identify a particular product (you) OR a particular kind or variety

Reputation    a specific characteristic or trait ascribed to a person or thing OR the estimation in which a person or thing is generally held OR a favorable and publicly recognized name or standing

Excellence

Attention to detail is what counts!  And yes, I do mean the little things as well because they can balloon to become large pockets of angst and pain later on if you do NOT take care of them in the early stages…

There are so many dimensions to reputation and brands that you must diligently and conscientiously pay extra attention to being excellent and successful.

Ethics

Yep, I continue to come back to this because if nothing else, your ethics, your character, truly illuminates who you are and what you are made of.

Valuation

Well, this should be a no-brainer to the serious out there. This is priceless!!! If you continue to raise your brand, becoming better at whatever you do in whatever field you are in – your self-valuation will continue to climb.

The problem, alas, is that the people who see you must have clear thinking, an open mind along with the ability to recognize how important brands, branding and reputation are. These people will notice negative connotations in any area but sometimes are hard pressed to recognize good and growing brands – in individuals (not just companies and products).

Remember, it is your identity, your image that is at stake that is being conveyed to everyone else.

Your brand/reputation is also interlaced with the respect you can garner. The better your brand, the better the respect you will receive and the more others will listen to you.