by Randall CraigFiled in: Blog, Career Planning, Make It Happen TipsheetTagged as: Effort
Most people spend years getting good at what they do. They become superb analysts, salespeople, engineers, or managers. They are rewarded for their efforts with promotions, better pay, and fancy perks. Interestingly, entrepreneurs do the same: they work hard for every sale, delivering on every promise; they are the president, but also the janitor, HR manager, IT manager, purchaser, and run the mailroom. They too are rewarded for their efforts.
But is the reward worth the effort? What separates the most successful from those that merely just become “good”?
The most successful employees spend as much time ON their careers as IN them. The most successful entrepreneurs spend as much time ON their businesses as IN them. Consider what this means:
ON a Successful Career:
ON a Successful Business:
To be successful in any particular year, you need to be good at what you do – that’s working IN your job. But to be successful over a career – or to be a successful entrepreneur, you also need to be working ON it, all the time.
Take an inventory of how you spent your time last week, in hours and minutes. How much was spent IN your career or business, instead of ON it? If it’s more than you’d like, then do something about it. (Schedule some time today.)
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