The ladder of success is a metaphor in the business world for working your way to the top. The image of climbing the ladder, rung by rung, represents a great deal of sweat, and probably some blood and tears as well. But, is this really the best way to get to the top?
The Corporate Ladder
You’ve probably heard of the corporate ladder. This is where the ladder of success is most often applied, and it was created to keep those on the lower rungs in line. It creates an image of the top dog having earned his way to where he is, and all of those “under” him are submissive to him.
But, the corporate ladder doesn’t apply to your booklet adventure. In your day to day business activities you are both the underling and the top dog. You are the creator of the products, the sales guy, the marketer, and the shipping clerk. You wear ALL the hats, at least in the beginning.
You Work For You
Since you are the head person of your own business, you’re already at the top. You don’t need to climb a ladder to succeed. You don’t need to work by the sweat of your brow and hope that some boss will notice how hard you work and pat you on the back and maybe give you a bonus. You don’t work for “them.” You work for YOU – for yourself and your family.
Climbing the ladder of success takes time. It takes time because you have to wait for someone else’s approval in order to move to the next rung. You have to prove yourself by giving everything you’ve got in terms of knowledge and energy, and putting in enough hours – usually including overtime, and even then it may not be enough because the next rung up on the ladder may already be taken. You might do an excellent job and be ready to move up, but someone else is in your way. That rung is already occupied.
Thinking In Bigger Terms
Running your own business not only means you’re already at the top, it also means you don’t have to wait to move forward. You may work with the corporate world, but you’re outside of it. You don’t have to play by their rules.
Instead of trying to climb the ladder of success, what you really want to do in your business is make giant leaps forward. You want to think in big terms, not small ones. You don’t have to take little baby steps to get to where you want to go. You can jump as far as you want to, whenever you want to.
Forget the ladder of success. You don’t need it. It will only slow you down. You need to think bigger. There’s no hierarchy in your booklet adventure. It’s just you, your ambition, and your dreams.
To your riches!
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