Knowing The Truth About Full-Time Employment
contributor, inspired this article. Ms. Ryan wrote about a work
experience she had some years back.
Ms. Ryan, who writes about bringing life to work and bringing
work to life, wrote a profound golden nugget in the article.
A realization, that if you’re driving your own career you can
look over the horizon and determine your own path.
This is something that most people who works full time as
employees don’t seem to take into account.
She tells a story, of her experience working as a consultant, one
executive she was working with, wanted to demand more and
more of her time. She felt, that would be like having full-time
She didn’t want any thing to do with it. It would have been
like having one person controlling her income and freedom.
That’s the principal problem with full-time employment.
And she is right, on a regular job, one person usually your boss
controls your entire income, and that’s not healthy.
What she is showing is that, for many people they loose who
they are. They stop bringing that excited, passionate person
they are to work. They actually end up doing just enough to
keep their job.
These people usually end up, broken, mentally, emotionally and
psychologically. But these are the same people who would
rationalize like crazy.
You could hear them saying things like, “Yeah, maybe I don’t
sleep that well all the time, but at least I have a job with
Oh! Yeah! By the time these people retire, most of them are
stressed out have high blood pressure and are on depression
Ms. Ryan brought something else to the forefront, that is,
“Everybody gets emotional about career topics at times. The
problem is that when your livelihood depends on keeping one
particular person happy, you can easily contort yourself into
a pretzel shape trying to achieve that goal.”
Incidentally, she brought up the topic of …,
“If the boss likes you, you’re golden. If you are not the boss’s
cup of tea, you can hit your assigned milestones forever and it
won’t change a thing.
You’ll never get the recognition, compensation or career
advancement you deserve. It’s simply an energetic mismatch
in that case.”
She didn’t say this but, that’s probably one of the factors that
lead to employees stabbing each other in the back, for what
they consider to be promotional opportunity and job security.
She went on to say that, “We tend to think that consulting is
dangerous, but actually, tying your career progress and to a
large degree, emotional health to the predilections of one person
is far scarier than anything that could happen to you out in the
She points out that, “Consultants are always in touch with their
markets. The relationship between their compensation and the
pain they solve is right out in the open.
In other words they know the economic value of their work.
Something that most full-time employees don’t seem to know.
If they only knew. She puts it this way, “If you’re driving your
own career, you can look out over the horizon and determine
your own course. Don’t let your boss or anyone else do it for
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