Module 61 - Tenure and Sense of Entitlement. The importance of being the best at what you do or specialize
Leadership, Personal Development, Motivation
Often, we wonder why we may not receive the promotion or the project that we thought we will receive, and get disappointed when we do not and wonder why. “I know I had it, why not me?” are the questions that we ask in our mind or sometimes out loud. You might have put in several years working for a particular company, however, your specific situation and/or position seems to remain unchanged. Why is that?
Sense of entitlement
What may be happening here is feeling sense of entitlement. In your mind, you expect to receive that next available promotion, new position, or new exciting project, simply because you have been working for a particular company for many years and in some instance much longer than someone who recently took over a new role that you were after. Feeling of entitlement could lead us the wrong path where we begin pointing blame on someone or something else, instead of focusing on our own opportunities to address. Remember, it is never another person or situation that is preventing you from succeeding, it is you and your opportunities that you need to uncover and address.
Facing your own insecurities
Playing a blame game has never gotten anyone to a positive outcome, all it does is places your own insecurities out in the open versus addressing them. Come up with a game plan and act on it despite roadblocks encountered along the way.
Tenure does not guarantee success
Please don’t get me wrong here, having tenure is a good thing, but long tenure is not a guarantee of your success. Instead, it is a very important piece of your foundation.
What you do matters
Instead of focusing on tenure, focus on:
These are important questions to ask yourself any time you are thinking about taking the next step in your career.
So, if you are in sales, are you the best sales person in your company, and if so, why? What value do you bring in with your awesome sales skills? If you are not the best sales person in your business, then ask yourself why would a hiring manager choose you for a role that you want. At the end of the day most companies are in business of making money by helping to solve specific problems for their customers. So, when you look at yourself from this perspective, what value do you bring to your company to help fulfill its mission? If you are unable to answer this question, then this may be your opportunity to seek constructive feedback to ensure that you understand where you are today and where you are going. Then, align your actions and energy to match your and business goals and expectations.
Best of luck.
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