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5 Laws of a Rewarding Career

5 Laws of a Rewarding Career

There are laws for everything on this Earth. There’s a law of gravity, laws for spirituality, laws for even money, but there are also laws for careers. A law is proof that something is destined to work if it acts according to that law. And when 80% of people on Earth don’t love their job, isn’t it a nice thing to get our hands on a few laws that are applicable to our careers? After all, that’s where we spend most of our lives.

Most people feel lost after selecting a career because it’s a career that they have not selected themselves or that they have been told to select by friends or family. By the time they realize it’s not truly what they want, it’s too late and they have given up hope that they could do something about it. These laws will help you stay on the right track and have a rewarding career.

Law 1: Money grows in proportion to the value you provide.

I learned this lesson the hard way. In the beginning of my speaking career, I wished someone would hand me a hefty amount of money but it never happened.

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After many hard knocks, I learned that I never really provided any value to people. I was just working for the money. When I realized this, I started focusing on bringing as much value as I could. When people started getting this real value, the money came naturally. It came even though I didn’t ask for it.

In your career, if you focus on providing value, people will in turn provide you their hard-earned money.

Law 2: You’ll be dissatisfied in the long term if you only focus on money.

Focusing only on money has a big disadvantage. It shifts your attention from doing the work that actually matters. It ultimately costs you the best opportunity you have.

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My grandfather was always focused on learning more rather than earning more. And in return, he got paid well. This was the best advice that I ever received from him: “After some point in life, money will not provide you the ultimate happiness. It’s the work you do that will matter most.”

Law 3: You only move ahead in your career if you focus on learning more.

What’s the guarantee that you’ll enjoy your work after a few years? If you are a learner, you’ll love your work more than anything else. If you observe most people who are bored with their jobs, they are not learning. They are just taking their life day by day.

I had a friend who was complaining about his job and when he learned about this law, he started shifting his focus every day to learn something new. Slowly, he began to take pride in his work. He always looked forward to working every single day. His life changed completely when he started this new way of learning. Not learning anything new leads to boredom, and you cannot move ahead in a boring job.

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Law 4: Knowledge grows by compounding and will eventually reward you.

Nothing you learn ever is in vain. If whatever you do doesn’t reward you immediately, don’t get disappointed. Instead, look for the learning in that pain. There’s always something to learn in every situation.

When my job was lower paying, I thought about what I gained in that job apart from the money. When I really thought about it, I was amazed at the things I gained — contacts, deeper friendships, and other skills needed for a better future. The knowledge you gain today will eventually pay off sooner or later.

Law 5: The more successful people you surround yourself with, the more rewarding your career will be.

There’s a great Jim Rohn quote that says: “You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

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You become who you associate with. If you join five people who complain, you’ll be the sixth complaining. If you join five losers, you’ll be sixth. If you join five successful people, you’ll be sixth. When you associate with good people, you slowly mimic their behavior and this is the reason you become more like them.

Study the career of any successful person and you’ll notice these five laws in their life. Keep these laws in mind when you are in doubt about your career.

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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