ARE YOU SUPPRESSED OR FULFILLED IN YOUR CAREER?
Sometime ago during one of my end of year strategy consulting for corporate bodies, I got an offer from what I would consider the biggest client I had ever dealt with as at then. Not in terms of what they offered me but in terms of how big they are.
However because I didn’t have the profile that reads like “Harvard Business Grad, KPMG Senior Manager”, they weren’t sure if I could deliver at that level. And because I wanted to prove to them badly that I can deliver, I let them reduce me to the level of something a little bit higher than an intern though still acting as a consultant.
I wanted to play humble, good and appreciative but I lost my voice and relevance in that project. Even though I knew how to help them I had made a big mistake of settling in the position that gave me no power to help. It was a big lesson I learnt in my career journey. No matter how humble you want to be, there are some false humility that can ruin or stagnate your career. Don’t do it.
Midway into the project, I sent a letter to cancel my engagement and relinquished my pending payment for the inconvenience.
Why have I shared this. There are many people in full time employment whose potentials are being suppressed the way I felt mine was. And because that employment is their only source of income, they willfully bow to every corporate abuse meted on them, after all they do not have a choice.
We all have different levels of risk bearing and that’s because some of us have built our risk level better than others. You can’t be your best version for the benefit of your employers in suppression. Your creativity is killed, your confidence level is dropped, your leadership abilities and initiative is destroyed. You can become a shadow of yourself, faking some glow of professionalism but with no confidence and vigor to deliver.
That’s why I recommend people to build independence from their current jobs even if though they are fully employed. What that confidence you get from the power of choice does to you changes everything. Even your employers would be glad.
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