One of the hardest things to shake off about a career trajectory in the new millennium is the dogma from the previous one. In my parents’ day, you graduated college, (maybe) went to graduate school, got one job (maybe two), worked there for decades, and rode off into the sunset of retirement.
The economic crisis, among other things, eroded that dream for millennial. Where our parents could look forward to some sense of stability, security for the millennial is created outside the workplace. And while our parents could afford to be loyal to employers who were loyal to them, loyalty is fleeting in the age of budget cuts. Misplaced loyalty could easily leave one gainfully employed one day and hitting the soup kitchen the next.
If the millennial is to be loyal to any company, it’s the company of Me, Inc. That doesn’t mean you go into the world of work without honor or integrity, it means you refuse to settle for less than you deserve.
I’ve seen countless people not go for things they’d be perfect for because they were waiting on someone else to put them on.
In 2014 – and beyond – you’ve got to put yourself on. You’ve got to put yourself in a position to attain bigger and better – whether somebody else recognizes your talent first or not.
The question that needs to be asked, is, “Why not me?”
Somebody has to get that promotion, that position at XYZ Company, Inc. Why not me you?
In the words of Wayne Gretsky, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”
Grab a basketball, hockey puck, soccer ball, etc…
And start shooting.