Flip the switch

A lot of people are going to tell you the wrong things about work.

Your buddies whom you think have your back? Yeah, they’ll tell you what they think you want to hear. Not what you need to hear.

They’ll tell you to beware of The Man.
They’ll tell you to make sure you get what you “deserve.”
They’ll encourage you, although not always explicitly, to be cynical, skeptical, and guarded.

I’m recommending you throw their advice away.

You won’t get what you want out of your career, or your life for that matter, and enjoy both, by distrusting everyone. You won’t perform at a high level in your job if you’ve always got one foot out the door if someone looks at you the wrong way.

There are going to be times you disagree with your boss. There are going to be times your good ideas aren’t implemented. And you’ll probably be disappointed by a co-worker at some point — due to shoddy work, a missed assignment, or both.

Dude, you’ve got to just deal with it.

My advice to people who are just getting rolling in their careers is this: flip the switch. Flip it to “on.”

Go all-in. Make the move from young career professional to career professional. Be the very best at what you’re doing right now, and trust that being THAT person will make you happy and earn you what you want.

Oh, yeah, you’ll have to go get it. You can’t sit around waiting for Mr. Opportunity to come a-knockin’. But don’t swing the other way and expect it all to be handed to you, all scripted and outlined with cute photos of rainbows and unicorns.

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