I have a friend whose husband hates his job. He’s a nice guy and very responsible – always shows up for work on time, rarely ever takes a day off even when he’s sick, plays by the rules and is generally easy to get along with. In short, he’s a great employee. Too bad his boss can’t see that.
The boss treats all his employees the same way – he’s the boss, they’re the grunts, and that’s the way it is. It’s not personal since he treats everyone with the same amount of disrespect, but it feels personal to the one whose turn it is to deal with the boss.
You might wonder why someone would stay in a place where they’re treated like that. Actually, the ones who stay consider themselves lucky. Most people don’t last long there. The boss fires them before they ever have the chance to quit.
Now, I hate to see someone who is miserable with their job. There are so many employment choices available these days that it just doesn’t make sense to stay in a job for the sake of a paycheck. And so I offered some ideas to this man on three separate occasions.
The first idea was for him to change jobs and find something else he would like better. He replied that he had thought about changing jobs for some time, but with the economy the way it is there were no better jobs available. Hmmmm….
My next idea was for him to go into business for himself. I gave him a business idea and told him I knew someone else doing a similar thing and making very good money. But, he was concerned about the amount of money he would need to get started, and so he didn’t take me up on that idea. Ok. Let’s see what’s behind door number three.
The third and last idea I gave this guy was for another business he could start that would require very little or even no start-up cash, and he could reap very big paydays. But he told me his boss was already dabbling in this particular business and he wasn’t having much success.
Do you see a pattern here? This man had an excuse for why each idea wouldn’t work without ever having tried. And with the first idea I gave him, which I felt should have been intuitive, he hadn’t made a decision on for quite some time, and now he feels it’s too late. Bad economy equals no jobs. None. Zero. Zip. Nada. No jobs for him. Period.
What can you take away from this story? First of all, don’t delay when you need to make a decision. Take a little time to think about it, and then take action – whatever that action might be. It might be to do something right now, it might be to shelve an idea for later, but make a decision as to what you are going to do because indecision will kill your ideas, your business, and ultimately your dreams.
And second, don’t make excuses. This guy had one excuse after another and because of that he’s still working in that crappy job where he’s under- appreciated, and that’s putting it mildly. He is unwilling to strive for something better because he doesn’t think there is anything better to strive for.
Don’t let that be you! If you haven’t decided to write that first booklet yet, make a decision! You can decide to do it and start the ball rolling toward some great things for yourself (including a new stream of income), or you can decide not to do it and nothing will change. It’s your decision, but you should at least make that decision. You owe yourself that.
People who make excuses don’t make money. So, what do you think? Are you ready to get started on that booklet?
To your riches,
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