Do you have anything only you can offer?

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If your answer is a firm NO, then it’s time to think through what you want to be good at.

Why? Because it is easy to call out your employer for not compensating you in a way ‘you think you ought to be compensated.’ There are also times when you overestimate your capabilities just because you finished a certain degree. And this overestimation often leads you to become entitled even if you perform just like everybody else.

Performing just like everybody else.

It may sound more attractive to just work like everybody else. Because why deliver more than what you are asked to do when everyone only does mediocre work? Say, a colleague will tell you to deliver ‘just enough’ at work because the management doesn’t really care. Your response to that reveals something about why you are still where you are right now.

Delivering mediocre work.

When you decide that it’s okay not to give your very best effort at work, you will begin to rationalize every excuse you make. And the more you make excuses for delivering mediocre work, the more you feel dissatisfied at work. Here are two things you must remember before you end up in the vicious cycle of making excuses and dissatisfaction at work:

  1. You always have a choice either to deliver the best or make excuses for not doing so.
  2. When you start making excuses, it’s downhill from there.

Do not wait for instructions to upskill.

Schools taught you to follow instruction after instruction. Your years in the institution made you believe that you will succeed in life by just following instructions. However, when you were finally out of the standardized educational system, you were surprised to learn that you actually have to decide what path to take afterwards. Did your school prepare you for that? Maybe, you even thought that the school will help you with work placements. Were you disappointed that they did not?

And when you finally landed yourself a job, you started to settle by just doing the same thing over and over again. Weren’t you merely happy to finally have a job? However, when you began to feel you are becoming an unfeeling cog in a system, you wanted to get out of it and blame the management for giving you an unfulfilling job. Like a child in a tantrum, you start to lash out for not being allowed to be promoted to the next level.

But maybe, it’s also time to think that you have a role to play. And that you are partly to blame when you are not given a room for promotion. Think with me for a moment. Were you waiting for your employers to instruct you to learn additional skills? If your answer is a strong YES, then that’s really a sign of why you are still where you are right now.

Don’t you know that opportunities are prepared for those who are actively seeking for them?

If you are just waiting to have somebody instruct you what to do in life, you will never grow.

So do not wait for instructions to upskill. Take charge of your learning and start learning additional skills now. Ensure that you become the best at it until you can tell yourself that it is something only you can offer.

And becoming the best doesn’t mean being the best in the world. There’s always only one room for that, and the share of the pie never gets bigger than it already is. Instead, you should aim to become the best in your chosen field and in your immediate circle or community.

Always aim for the smallest viable audience.

It’s something I learned from the technopreneurship class I took when I was taking my masters. And I find it applicable in many areas of my life. I think the same applies to you too.

Have the right mindset to always do your best in everything.

If you always rely on people for your promotion, you might be setting yourself up for disappointments. However, if you do your best every time because you know that you are working for the Lord, you end up doing more at work.

23 Whatever you do [whatever your task may be], work from the soul [that is, put in your very best effort], as [something done] for the Lord and not for men,
24 knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [greatest] reward. It is the Lord Christ whom you [actually] serve.
Colossians 3:23-24 AMP

Relying on yourself isn’t a good thing to do either. Instead, you must submit your work to the Lord because I firmly believe that success and promotion only come from Him.

Commit your works to the Lord [submit and trust them to Him],
And your plans will succeed [if you respond to His will and guidance].
Proverbs 16:3 AMP

So, do you have anything only you can offer? If you still don’t, I hope you start upskilling now. Desire to become the best at something. And believe that God will honor your work if you will just respond to His will and guidance.

I hope this helps, and thanks for your time.

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