Be The Talent

The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career!

— Earl Nightingale

 

 

You know the pattern…go to school, get a good job (more important), raise a family, retire and while away your senior years.  The problem:

  • How many people do you know who ACTUALLY get that deal?
  • How many folks do you know who are of retirement age, but are nowhere near capable of getting off the treadmill?
  • How many people do you know who have “done the right things,” but are terrified their retirement savings won’t cover them for the remainder of their lives?

Recently I spoke with a very close friend of mine who is going through a bit of a struggle.  In fact, I spoke with 2 friends in that situation and exchanged texts with a third.  Each is facing a job market that doesn’t want them (or, in one case, doesn’t want a significant other).  They are all highly educated, highly skilled, and, between them, there is almost 50 years of experience.  They are simply caught in the tsunami of change that is the world right now.

Even worse for each of my friends, none of them were “the talent” in their particular business.  They were great support players all, but none were the driving force that made their business move…that drove company revenues higher.

What’s my point?  To brighten your mood?  I’d like to, but you don’t need me for that…

To restate the obvious?  Not so much…

My point is you have to ask yourself if you’re the talent in your business… whatever that business may be.

If you’re not, you should make it your business to create a backup plan…quickly.

If you are, you should make it your business to create a backup plan…quickly.

What do I mean backup plan?  I mean your plan in the event your employer no longer needs your services.  What would you do if you were called into her office tomorrow and relieved of your duties?

  1. Have you been working on a side hustle that could perhaps become a full-time focus?
  2. Would you go back to school?
  3. Apprentice yourself to a tradesman?
  4. Try to stay in your field?

Whatever your approach, you may want to keep the plan updated.

If you’re not the talent in your business nowadays it’s not a matter of if, but when.

Yeah… I said it.