Re: Failure to be successful...(my career vent)
It's a tough market out there, so be wary of 'how much you think you should make'
Sometimes you have to realize you're going to have to take less than ideal $, but if it's an organization that needs good people....you have to look at it as an opportunity to make your own breaks.
As an employer, who started at the very very bottom, I'd encourage you to have that perspective, and them commit. Be the 1st one there, the hardest worker, the one that gives praise to peers, the positive attitude. As an employer, I've just described an ideal employee...and the one I'm going to promote first.
Too many (most) employees come to a job feeling they are 'owed' by someone or by the employer, and are very guarded in their level of participation. Entitlement is a guarantee that you'll never be happy w/ what you make, ever.
It will usually take 6 days and 60 hours to get the next level. I get your retail comments, not liking it is a good excuse to move on. But I will promise you one thing. No successful business person ever worked 5 days and 40 hours and is now highly successful. Ever. Not in the business world.
That said, my advice is to set low expectations right now for earning, especially in this economy. But be prepared to roll up your sleeves, and give everything you have got to make your employer successful. A very large % of today's workforce is lazy, entitled, negative, and more work for an employer.
Good luck, and keep your head up!
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