The conventional wisdom observed in our society today, has made it seems like “cutting corners” or taking “shortcuts” is more of a sin. It has led us to believing that doing that is inhumane, unrighteous, and treasonous.
But until now, it hasn’t been able to tell us the “one surefire way or one shot-in-the-arm killer strategy” to achieving our set goals or neither has it shown us the best way to glide up to the highest success radar.
It almost made us believed that for us to be successful in life, we must spent a hell amount of years in an enclosed apartment called classrooms, reading, practicing some highly succinct and well scripted but boredom-ridden theories.
Reciting some hell researched laws, and ruminating over some insane and scanned principles which never got applied to the real world problems and later summarizing them on a paper and submitted to be awarded some grades. Grades which, to some, never get used.
All these laws and so called principles, were masterminded by some normal humans with some normal reasoning and thinking, fueled by the normal ways things were done in the normal time back then when things were almost normal.
But the contemporary world we’re living in today, leaves us with little to abnormal ways of doing things — you’re safe to call it unrealistic. Today, the normality of things as it were done in time past, is best described as being obsolete.
Our conventional society, made us hold true to the idea that, for us to be able to acquire a “secured income” that we must present our paper qualifications to the MD, DG or the CEO of “our privileged” company and then got qualified for the rat-race game for the next 35 years, crossed the touch line, win the race at 65, then enjoy our life — If that would eventually happen at least, to some people.
But sadly the vast majority of the millennials (those that were born between the late 1980—1994), whose innocence hopes, were hinged chiefly on education for a better life, pledged their precious time for some hell lectures, defied themselves off of some thrilled and treasured moments of life, confused intuitions for artificial knowledge, got webbed in between theoretical experiences instead of the real practical adventure.
When these people in the above described category finally be made aware of the sad and cruel reality of life after their graduation and or, sometimes while they’re in the corporate world, they realize that they’ve been gamed, lied to, screwed up and deceived by the society.
These set of people need no rocket scientist to tell them that they are dead far behind in the real school of learning. Which often leaves them with either a choice to be miserable or count everything for a joy and move on.
These particular set of people, especially, those ones who were either pressured or persuaded by their parents or maybe, because of some certain circumstances, they couldn’t study their preferred choice of course in school, are probably one of those people who are being disengaged from their jobs.
According to a 2016 poll, pulled in by the Gallup research centre, about 71% of millennials aren’t engaged at work ― and at least, there are about 60% of them who are open to new job opportunities.
Some of them might still be finding themselves in the same job position with their current company for a couple more years but some of them are not engaged in their work due to lack of an emotional and cognitive connection with their work environment.
And at least, there are about 18% of the people in this same group in America alone, who are actively disengaged from their jobs. Which means they are completely being disconnected from their work.
What Causes Job Dissatisfaction
But one may ask, what makes it so?
Why do people feel dissatisfied or hate their jobs?
There are a couple of factors to look out for when it comes to people hating their jobs. And these are but not limited to:
- People placing an unrealistic high expectations on their job’s position and what their day-to-day work lives would be like.
- Lack of patience and ill sense of entitlement thereby leading to frustration because they want career advancement in months vs. years.
- Getting intimated and negatively influenced by the extravagant lifestyle of their social networks friends or followers which can create a distorted reality.
- Unsupportive employers who aren’t providing new opportunities or compelling reasons for them to stick around.
- Low pay rate, being owed or underpaid, no arrears, salary increments and allowances.
- Confinement to just one job with a limited career growth.
- Lack of enthusiasm and discouragement either from their peers, colleagues, co-workers or their superiors.
- Poor administrative management and lack of modern facilities that could make work a lot easier and more fun.
- Lack of transparency.
- Wrong career choice.
- No viable opportunities for growth or incentives for meaningful work.
- No trust on their employers.
- Lack of recognition.
- Little or no time for vacation — working almost every hour round the clock, spending roughly 50 weeks a year on their work alone and having just but a little time for themselves.
- Some employees might feel dissatisfied with their work if there’s no value-based program offered by the company or organization for them to have themselves involved in.
- No balance between their lives and the type of work they do.
These and many more are what makes a lot of people feel dissatisfied or hate their jobs at least, in most cases. And these largely contributes to employee’s disengagement from their jobs.
According to Gallup polls, actively disengaged workers costs the U.S. some reasonable amount of dollars that rises to the tune of $450 billion and $550 billion in productivity lost annually.
Recruit Loop research unit, also estimated that the U.S. companies spends $11 billion annually on employee turnover.
These statistics simply shows that both employees and employers, are running at a deficit while their disengaged, dissatisfied workers are still manning the affairs of the company or the organization.
Ways On How To Help Mitigate Employee’s Dissatisfaction With Their Jobs
These are some of the preventive ways these can either be curbed or mitigated — for employees.
…Is it to quit and go on another fresh hunt?
Let’s check it out.
#1 Set Clean, Clear-cut Goals
The emphasis on goal setting can never be stressed just enough. It is that important, that it has the internationally best recognized author and sales expert Brian Tracy, use it as a title for one of his best-selling books; Goals!: How to Get Everything You Want Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible.
Study has shown that it is one of the most effective tactics for personal and professional growth.If your career growth is one thing that really fascinates you, you should set your own personal goals — aside your employer’s laid down ones. It’s immensely important to set personal goals that are yours alone so you can decide what’s best for you.
Please don’t make the mistake of writing down a country’s fiscal budget plan simply because you want to set goals for yourself, your business, or career. Doing that will have you feeling discouraged if you can’t hit the mark in a record time. Your goals must at least, at its best, be feasible and well, a bit more realistic.
You should use what we called S.M.A.R.T. approach to set your goals in tandem with your mission.
- S— Specific; what do you really want?
- M— Measurable; how important or of what significant is your goal?
- A— Achievable; how probable is your goal?
- R— Realistic; are you being real enough with your set goals?
- T— Time bound; when – time frame – would you likely be able to get all your goals checked?
Even after getting all those goals penned down, using the approach above, you’d also need to break them down into small bit-sized pieces — call it micro goals — and then, break them down further into the order of their priorities. This will help you decide which one should you focus your energy on immediately.
#2 Shit-out Any Ill-fated Relationship And Develop A Positive One With Your Coworkers
If your coworkers are those specie of humans who are fond of wallowing in the sea of negativity. You should never find yourself in their midst.
This is very much predictable, if you are not a big fan of this kind of situation, you will feel bored, weary and open for negative emotions.
There is probably a lot of productive activities to occupy yourself with in every job and workplace. And there is pretty a good chance of getting burned out.
If all these are what you aware of, why giving room for others to bring in their own negativity that you know will only make you feel worse?
They say, once you start tolerating other people’s mediocrity, it’ll increases your own mediocrity.
It is advisable to find yourself in the midst of people (your coworkers) who share your positive outlook; the others will only bring you down. Don’t go there.
#3 Do Something That You Are Good at Every Day
Nothing makes you feel better, energized and super pumped than that feeling of satisfaction. Nothing is more fulfilling than to competently perform a task or create a desired outcome.
They say, success breeds more success and that’s so true.
Accomplishing a particular task and getting the desired outcome is one great way to keep yourself motivated and ready to attain yet another amazing feat.
Study has it that, people who are pushed or who push themselves to achieve and excel, experience increased self-confidence and self-esteem.
Uplift that yoke of weariness by doing something that you excel at doing every day.
You can do this for yourself, too. Feeling blue? Take a quick break. Bored? Pick up a task you like to do. Feeling neglected? Seek out a fun coworker at the break.
Do something that fascinates you every day.
#4 Be Known for Something Spectacular: Take The Lead To Become a Force for Change
One way to show your relevance is in the area of teamwork. No man is an island. And no one man that can accomplish a task meant for a hundred others on his own alone.
Bring that positive aura of your relevancy into its full display by instigating workplace events and work processes that add to your job satisfaction — and that of others.
It could be organizing a company’s sporting event, maybe going out on a road trip, or picnic.
You can think of organizing the end of the year get-together party. Just about whatever great event you can think of that will bring an exciting experience to you and yes, to others — a worthy one I mean — don’t hesitate to key it in.
#5 Develop a Healthy and Supportive Relationship With Your Boss
One beneficial thing you could do for yourself and for your job is to develop a productive and viable relationship with your manager.
If you feel something isn’t done right, instead of getting yourself bogged down you can reach out to your boss for interaction and feedback.
If you want more satisfaction out of your current position. Reach out for dialogue, try to negotiate deliverable and the upshot with your boss.
Need more resources? Ask.
It’s interesting to know that your position and that of your manager is almost intertwined to each other, that means if you are underperforming it will dampen and undermine your manager’s overall responsibilities.
And he or she will never make much a progress if you are both not working in harmony.
Your manager must have been gathering pretty much a lot of experience before he was allowed the privilege of manning the affairs of the company or decides to start his own business. And he must have been with the company long before you come on board.
Without the information, perspective, experience, and support of your manager, your chance of progressing is rather very slim. It’s pertinent you get to learn and leverage off of his or her well of experience and genius to be able to deliver effectively what is needed of you.
#6 Write Off Any Ill-influenced Feelings
That feeling of “I probably have done a lot for this company, I should be promoted by now”. You’re right actually, but then, that promotion isn’t forth coming any time soon.
What do you do? Become lackadaisical about your job? No. Continue doing what you are known to be doing best. Give it your best. Don’t feel discouraged.
I remember my aunt while she was still in the corporate world as a health practitioner (a nurse actually), she was due to have been promoted to a position of a Director, but that didn’t happen.
She didn’t let that bother her or affect her job. But when she must have been retired, she was later called out from her retirement to go write a promotional examination which, when, she had passed, her pension and gratuity will be increased to what she would have earned had she retired as a Director.
What happened? There was a transition in the local government governance.
If you ever experience this in your work life, what you mustn’t do is to try to sell yourself short. Always try to maintain a good posture and radiates a positive energy.
If you know know something that eats you off pretty regularly and makes you weary at work and subtracts from your job satisfaction. You should do something about it. Dialogue with your boss to eliminate the culprit from your job. Maybe another employee would enjoy the activity or task.
#7 Fight and Overcome Procrastination to Increase Job Satisfaction
As humans, procrastination is almost part and parcel of our every day existence. There’s a possibility that, we’d want to procrastinate at least, once in every while.
But as a conscious and an intentional person, whose ultimate goal is to be productive personally, professionally, and to be immensely successful in life generally, procrastination is one thing that mustn’t be identified with you.
Procrastination in itself, is a good recipe for failure, which I suppose you know. To perform at your optimum best, you need to get things done when it should be done.
Of course, you can always get this “same hour” back tomorrow. But I bet you didn’t get yesterday’s turn out of events back today.
Which simply means you only have power over your present reality and not tomorrow, not the future. It can only be predicted and projected for, but how it’s going to be unfolded is what we have little or no knowledge of.
No, you wouldn’t be wasting your time if you are procrastinating. Time is of great abundance and you can always have it in its limitless proportions at your disposal. But here’s the thing, you’ll almost always be wasting your productive life if you are the type of person who procrastinate a lot.
…Creepy, right? Well, that’s just one of the oddest effects of procrastination.
#8 Take Frequent Small Breaks at Work to Combat Weary Feelings
I give my fair credit to whoever that coined this popular and now clichéd maxim;
“all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy…all play without work makes Jack a poor boy.”
You shouldn’t be going all out and neck in into the swing of your work every time. You are a human and there’s a greater chance of you getting burned out during working hours.
But if this happens, one quick thing you can do is to probably take a quick break either to walk around to ease off the tension, or maybe, check up on your co-workers inquiring about how they’re faring.
This is exactly what I do most of the time, especially, when I’m writing — walk around. Doing this allows me to get back in shape pretty quickly.
One benefit I get from doing this is that, there’s always an influx of fresh new ideas of what to write about or how to re-organize my thoughts.
Even robots, if they are being stressed and strained out of their possible capacities, they got weighed down, drained and finally break down. Which shows they are tired. If machines could get tired, how much more you, human?
Please slow down and ease off the stress. You still have life to live after work.
#9 Make it a Commitment to Achieve a Couple of Goals Every Day
Need to be happy with your performance at the end of the day? Make it a personal commitment to achieving at least one of your most desired goals before bed time each day.
Doing this on a pretty regular basis will help you stay motivated most of the time and there’ll be that hunger to superseding your previous day’s performance.
Don’t kill yourself on the day you underperform. Every day carries its own grace.
There’s what I call personal competition. If you are constantly trying to outperform your previous day’s performance, there’s a possibility that you probably will do that.
Competing against yourself to me, is the best form of competition you’ll ever have yourself involved in. It will help you stay focused on your set goals rather than having a divided attention when you are trying to compete against others.
Only let the results of others challenge you to do more rather than getting intimated.
Related: For more tips on how to stay positive at your job, you may want to check out this article by Jane Scudder via Fairygodboss; 7 Fail-Proof Ways To Stay Positive In A Toxic Workplace
- Give your employees recognition that they rightfully deserve.
- Maintain no favoritism policy.
- Develop a healthy and constant communication link with your subordinates.
- Give your employees variety of work — not confining them to a particular task ‘til rapture knocks.
- Provide clear set of goals and instructions so they could follow through with its implementation process adequately.
Before The Ditch — The Do’s and the Don’ts
I understand how dreadful is the feeling when you realize you’ve been sacrificing pretty much of your time on your job and a little on yourself and yet, you’ve got little to nothing to show for it.
And in most cases, the best way to tackle this is to probably sit down, get some things figured out, and start testing out the waters of other fresh opportunities, and to some, starting their own business(es).
But however, there is a problem. Starting a business is difficult. Quitting your job is risky if not riskier. Especially if you don’t have another one lined up.
And sadly not everyone is called out to be an entrepreneur. More sad news, the fierce competition in the labour market is on the alarming increase rate.
The thought of starting a business is always harder than what many people think. More difficult if you don’t have that entrepreneurial bone in you.
And if after checking out all of these tips we’ve covered so far, then you still feel unsatisfied with your job, maybe it’s time to start looking out for other job opportunities.
But before taking the plunge, take your time by conducting an independent research, reviewing your finances, and getting things figured out.
And for you to successfully get that done in a more appropriate manner without losing your sanity and the reputation you’ve taken years to build, there are a couple of things that you must do before deciding it’s time to part ways with your current employer.
Here are things to consider…
Before Ditching Your 9—5 Gig
📌Calculate your expenses keep, track of your income and finances.
Keeping track of all your expenses, income sources and developing a prudential management attitude and strategy towards your finances will help in your financial success, especially during the planning process.
And if you are quitting, first thing you must do is to get your finances in order. It’s important, yes very very. Ignore it and risk being screwed.
It’s recommended that you have at least, 6—12 months salary sitting comfortably in your account in case of necessity, red lights don’t turn green in record time — in case, you are unable to secure another employment in due time.
If money is your ultimate reason for your resignation, you should check to see if your potential company that you are about flipping your current employer for, has that in place.
Earning a good amount of salary is one of the most important parts of being employed. And making a reasonable amount of money is one of the most important parts of being in business — becoming an entrepreneur. Check to see where you best fit in.
“You’ll need a portfolio of income streams not one or two, but many streams from completely different and diversified sources so that when one stream empties, you’ll barely notice. You’ll be stable.” — Robert G. Allen
📌Research about available employment opportunities.
Unemployment rate is on the all-time high in the recent past, and it’s scary leaving your current job for another, more scarier if you’re unsure of what employment opportunities are available out there before making the decision to quit.
Just as in the case of your finance, you should be able to get stock of what other available opportunities are out there and which one would you be the most fit for. If possible, you should apply before handing in your resignation letter.
You will agree that there’s been much more competition in the labour market in the past couple of years, and the competition is even more fierce now that we have robots being introduced into the mainstream market.
⚠ Before resigning, check to see what’s your competitive advantage over others with your same qualifications. The more, the better.
📌Get your plans, budgets and goals mapped out correctly.
“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” — Alan Lakein
Record has it that, not all employees that set clear goals. And some of them, do place high expectations on their jobs and when that expectation isn’t falling through as it was expected, what happen next? Frustration. Lost of enthusiasm and a whole bunch of crappy fairy tales. You shouldn’t let yourself be identified with this.
▪️Get a viable game plan.
▪️Budget for your expenses, investments, and savings; emergency funds, retirement plan all inclusive — there’s life after your active years in the corporate world, remember? It’s better you start now to plan for it.
▪️Set bigger and unrealistic goals — Grant Cardone said something about this in his book titled Be Obsessed Or Be Average. Now, this is how you do it; break them down into small bite-sized pieces, get to work, execute one at a time, achieve it, rinse, repeat until you crush them all.
It is that easy, and it is that hard to think that you can’t do it.
▪️Take into consideration your SWOT (Strength Weakness Threats & Opportunities) analysis. This will help you play it according to your capabilities.
▪️Start small. But aim for bigger success in the long run.
It was Demosthenes who said, “small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.” and Confucius summarized it that, “a journey of a thousand leagues, begins with a single step.”
So, “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” — John Wooden
📌Strategically consider your options if you are to juggle or to ditch.
If you are dumping your well-paying job in search of your passion (as many people will call it), you should know that, not too many people that are making money through their passions.
They have a couple of other things that are making them the most money and it’s not necessarily their passions. Forget what you see on the internet and what many motivational speakers will tell you. If it was that easy, everybody would have done it — quit their jobs.
So if this is you, I will suggest you carry out an independent research to see what income potentials has your passion in the market. And if you are okay with your findings, then you can go ahead and turn the wheels and put in your resignation letter.
Remember, unless your reasons are legit, you might end up dancing to jazz even when no one is on the drum seat when you must have exhausted your finances. You’re better safe than sorry!
Ditch or Juggle? That’s your decision to make. It’s in your discretion to do that.
Good luck on what decision you finally make. Wait, good luck? Yeah. Sure. Good luck! You’ll need it somehow, however, trust me. But hey, learn harder, earn higher, but work smarter.
Your passion alone will not save you. If that’s your ONLY drive, you should reconsider your options!
📌Save work samples.
As a professional worker that you are, it’s highly recommended that you keep track of some of your important works. It could be formatting them into a PDF or word document, and that’s for the future or may be, attaching them to your resume if it’s possible that is.
No. You aren’t doing nothing illegal if you are keeping track of your activities while working with your current employer as long as you are not sabotaging your position or your responsibilities.
Keeping a work sample can help you get a better job with ease if excellence, experience, and professionalism is the talking point.
You can present these recorded samples during the recruitment process as a proof for your efficient work and competency.
📌Tweak and update your resume
If you are quitting your job, one most important thing you should do is to get your resume tweaked and updated to house all your latest work and volunteer experiences because it is almost certain your new employer will be interested to check to see if you are a good fit for a position they want to fill.
We’re in the digital era, so after completing the process of your resume updates, you should think of joining professional job sites where you can find the best possible opportunities available. One of such is LinkedIn.
You need set up a professional profile with an all-star rating to stand out, so do take your time to adequately and accurately fill out your profile — it’s important.
This will serve as an online resume where potential employers can check out your personal and professional activities. And figure out how best you fit in for them.
📌Get some referrals and recommendations.
If you’re privileged enough to be recommended positively by your previous employer to another reputable company, it simply means you were an integral part of the company. And your chances of being considered for an immediate appointment is very high.
So you should try everything humanly possible to leave in good terms with your current employer so it’ll be a lot easier in the future if need arises.
📌Seek help from others to make your transition go easy.
If you are confused about the decision you are about to make, it is safe to solicit for other people’s opinions and advice.
Although, you are the one last person to decide, but if you can get others to tip in their thoughts, help shade in more clarity on areas that seem daunting, either through their experiences and or, whatever parameters they’ll be using, it will help you make better decisions that you will not end up regretting.
📌Do notify your employer.
It’s a standard practice that you give at least, a minimum of two weeks notice to your employer that you are about to flip over and go in search for another fresh opportunity.
It is being considered one of the best practices when it comes to resigning from your job. Here’s where you will table your reasons for quitting.
Be on the lookout for any interview that might come up and make sure you are well versed and ready to answer any creepy questions you may be asked without phoning-in any form of frustration while you are being interviewed.
Be honest about your decisions. If you are leaving, do it clean. Avoid any counter offer like salary increment, promotion, etc trying to lure you to stay — unless, and only if, that was what prompted your resignation.
Do clean up your computer. Get all the necessary documents, and all the important contacts you’d need before sending in your resignation letter. On a very unlikely scenario, you might be asked to leave just the same day you send in your quit notice.
Worry about what you could include in your resignation letter? Let our friend from The Balance Career, Alison Doyle help us out with her resignation letter samples and writing tips.
❌Don’t born any bridge: leave in good terms and in a positive note.
❌Don’t quit your job without giving your employer a prior notice.
❌Avoid phoning-in negativity, dishonesty, while quitting.
❌Avoid bringing frustration out during exit interviews.
❌Avoid discussing your exit with your coworkers without first communicating it with your employer.
❌Avoid staging or faking sickness thereby slowing down your work flow because you are quitting.
❌Don’t forget to extend your farewell message to your coworkers.
After The Ditch — What To Do
This post will almost certainly be useless if we don’t cover this section. We’ve taken the pains to actually go through all the theories. And now, it’s about time we start talking practical.
From the gamut we’ve covered so far, we’ve seen why people hate their jobs, how they can hack their mindset to still continue in their jobs (if they still want to), what they should do before they part ways if they decides to…now it’s about what to do herein after.
But before we dip this in its bud, I’m assuming you’ve either made the decision to quit, or you’re still contemplating, or maybe, you have done that already and now you are sorta figuring out what you should do now that you’ve got the “the freedom” you’ve long been yearning for. So now the the question is, what next and where else after here?
The Not-so Practical Fluff…
If I should continue in the normal conventional flappy-babble way of advising you, you’ll probably have me telling you that you should do something like…
➡️Taking stock of what actually happened. It could include something like:
- What really transpired; like did you voluntarily give up your position, get laid off, or get fired?
- If you got laid off or fired, what happened? Was there any reason for it? What was it?
- Why did you leave? Was it a negative working environment, poor management? Were you being owed or underpaid, undervalued? Was it because of toxic energy from your coworkers?
- Was there any breached of your contract agreement from your employer? Or the promises that they’d made to you?
- Write a detailed description of exactly what happened on your last day; how did your coworkers receive the news of your departure? How did your employer handle the process?
- If given the choice, would you still be employed?
➡️Creating a List of Goals and Time-framing each of them. Although, we had already talked about this, but this time your goals could be different and tailored-based. Using our S.M.A.R.T. approach, it should look like this:
- Where do you see yourself with or without a job in 1—3 months? 6—12 months?
- What business or project are you working on or would be starting? Do you already have it figured out? What are your new working hours?
- Still harboring interest for a new job? Have you scoured out the available job boards? Is your LinkedIn profile or resume up to date?
- What are you going to devote your time to? What’s your plan(s) like? Who is going to hold you accountable? How are they going to do it? Which old relationship would you like to rekindled?
- What is your monthly budget? Have you set your baseline expenses?
- You’ve probably have spent the last couple of years on your now ex-job, with little or no time to actually cruise around and now you have the luxury to do that. Now it’s probably a good chance to take your time and breath in some fresh air for a couple more weeks — if not months in a whole new environment. Now let’s assume you have any interest for vacation:
- How long is it going to take?
- Which country are you going to voyage on?
- What’s your budget like?
- What have you been wanting to do that you haven’t made time for?
…But NO. I wouldn’t advise you to do just only that. I’d dare to digress a little bit away from the normal way because the normal ways of doing things sometimes, do sucks. We’re in the 21st century. About starting a new decade in a couple of days. And just so you know, things changes.
How things were done yesterday, isn’t the way it’s being done today. And how things are being done today, would certainly not be the same way it’d be done tomorrow.
So you see…
Things changes. Situations changes. There’ll certainly be change in governance. And government will be transitioned. Industries, revolutionized. New policies, introduced. Jobs vanishes and more flexible ones being introduced into the market.
It’s always a different story every time which means revolution is bound to happen, change is constant and it’s inevitable.
So if you are among the few percent of those who are righteously interested in taking an absolute control of their lives, schedules, finances and their time freedom, then you wouldn’t have to be an all-time, ultimate consumer. You should be thinking as an entrepreneur — a producer.
Taking control of your life and commanding it according to your own terms, will certainly requires you to think outside of your skinnerian box.
No. You don’t have to start thinking of all the risks involved in creating physical consumables. You can start with service programs — offering your skills for a fee.
For you to do this, you’ll need to learn how to learn and know how to earn. That means, you’ll have to learn some high income skills and not be afraid to ask people for their money — that is knowing how to close your deal.
For this to be effective and probable, you’ll need to understand the basic fundamentals of marketing. Yes. You’ll have to actually know how to market yourself and your business.
Strive Masiyiwa’s formula:
M+I-C=P will be very much effective here.
You would also need to understand the importance of the three I’s — the cube root of I.
1st I = Impact
2nd I = Influence
3rd I = Income
Knowing how to effectively utilize and incorporate these simple but powerful formulas into your game plan, I can vehemently tell you that, you’re bound to succeed no matter what odds are against you. You’re being spelled out for success.
How Feasible Is This?
It’s simple and almost self-explanatory.
◾Knowing what problems are there and knowing how to proffer a practical solution to it, is your first step to unleashing your creative genius. This satisfies the two I’s (Innovation & Impact) in both formulas.
◾Knowing how to get your proffered solutions into the hands of those who need it. Because it just doesn’t end after proffering the solution, you must be able to get it into the hands of those who are in need of it and get them coming back for more. This satisfies the M and the second I (Marketing & Influence) in both formulas.
◾Knowing how to leverage the resources of others and capitalize it into your own advantage is one big boost to your business success.
Let’s make this more legible. For instance, if you’re getting your products or services delivered remotely to your target market without you having to be present in the process, you’re simply leveraging the power of social media or the internet.
This means you wouldn’t have to worry about paying rent for a shop if it just doesn’t warrants it because everything will be carried out seamlessly over the internet. This subtracts the C (Costs) in the first formula.
◾And lastly, knowing how to get your money after the successful merchandise of your service or product is very vital. Making it easy to get the money from your customers pocket into yours, is considered one of the most topnotch income skills you’ll ever need to succeed. And that’s what the top sales professionals called deal-closing or high ticket closing. This satisfies the P and the final I (Profit & Income) in both formulas.
Executable Strategies & Skills To Learn
Now, for you to be able to make any effective use of any of the formulas in the just concluded section, you, yourself, will need to get yourself enmeshed with some of the basic fundamental skills required to make the cut in this digital era that we are in.
First step is for you to do your homework and get to know what skill or skills you need to learn to be able to better position yourself for the paradigm shift that we’re venturing into.
But, in order for you do that and come up with a better informed decision, you’ll first off, need to better hone your soft skills before you would even think of mastering any high-end, refined skills — hard learned skills.
And these soft skills, as inspired by the LinkedIn learning, includes but not limited to:
📌Time Management skill
These are the topnotch skills companies and organizations are looking for. And you, on your own, will need it.
As you can see, the top most in-demand desirable soft skills is creativity.
I’m not trying to blow up smoke off your ass here, that’s not a surprise — organizations everywhere need people who can innovate and conceive fresh ideas and solutions.
It was Seth Godin who said in his book titled Idea Virus, “The future belongs to those who unleash ideaviruses.”
You’re not under any legal sanction not to work on, improve, or better hone your already acquired skills. Don’t ever think improving them are in your employer’s betterment. You need them personally to survive the paradigm shift that we’re gradually moving into.
We are now in the knowledge economy, and ideas and information are probably the new currency. And if you aren’t in the KNOW, you can’t be in the FLOW.
Now, if actually, you’ve handed in your resignation letter successfully. And you are thinking of getting your feet wet in in the waters of entrepreneurship. You’d need to master some certain skills at least, to begin with.
I know you might be wondering what on earth should you be focusing your energy on. What sorta skill should you learn first?
If you asked for my opinion, I’d suggest you start off with a web-based or digital skills. These are some of the high in-demand skills in our digital world today. It includes but not limited to:
📌Digital Content Creation & Marketing
📌Freelance Writing & Ghostwriting
📌Social Media Marketing & Advertising
📌SEO & SEM (Search Engine Optimization & Search Engine Marketing)
📌Web Design & Development
📌Blogging & Vlogging(Video Marketing)
📌Virtual Assistant Manager
📌eCommerce (Mini Importation/Dropshipping)
📌Pay Per Click Advertising
📌Email Marketing & Automation
📌Freelance Graphic Designer
📌UX Graphic Designer
Taking all of these skills into perspective, you will find out that, every single one of these skills adds value to both small and big businesses so they would be more than happy to pay you.
And I suggest, offering those ones you’ve mastered or will be mastering, off as a service will allows you to bootstrap and get yourself going with no money at all.
That’s the beauty of honing digital skills. You can start with little to almost no investment at the beginning and end up making quite a huge amount of money in the long run once you know your onions and stay loyal and true to them.
And after mastering some of these skills, you’ll need to carve out a niche for your business.
Now how do you do that?
First off, you need to;
👉🏼Identify your passions and interests.
What do you love to do?
👉🏼Identify your skills.
What are you really good at?
👉🏼Identify your values.
What really matters to you?
Find the intersection of those three.
Then go on an independent research.
- Pick a skill to learn.
- Identify a specific problem you can solve.
- Think of ways on how you are going to proffer a practical solution to that problem.
- Identify your target audience.
- Then, niche down.
It’s okay to start off broad and niche down later. But however, whatever, you must learn how to learn, and identify where you fit into the broad spectrum. Identify your target audience.
That last point is almost as important as the whole process itself. ʼCos if you are talking to everybody, you’re talking to nobody. That’s why it’s more than pertinent to identify your target audience and sort your way through to them. I don’t know if there’s any other way to stress this really enough.
Knowing something isn’t just the end of the story, until you are confident enough that you can pull off some tangible results with your skills. Otherwise, you’ll never be successful.
Now how do you go about mastering your newly acquired skills?
You can do this in three simple steps:
1# Get into social networking forums, groups or communities, that are relevant or related to your niche. Start brainstorming, connect with like-minded individuals, share case studies, ask questions, find out what others are doing that works and do it yourself.
#2 Practice it.
You’ve probably have heard or had used it a couple of times before, this popular saying: practice makes perfect.
But well, that’s not entirely true. Practice to me, is one high-end strategy to getting a weirdy looking shit done. Practice don’t necessarily make things perfect, it makes the difficult tasks a lot more easier through constant effort exerted on it pretty regularly.
So, for you to really master and better hone your skill, you’ll need to judiciously practice it constantly and consistently.
You can afford to work for free in order to perfect your craft. Let family, friends and local business associates be aware of your skills and offer to handle their marketing for free. If you do a good job, all you need in return is a testimonial and reference.
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On Secret #4 from the book, Russell talks about OPPORTUNITY SWITCH and as a subsection, he mentioned something about getting early results by working for free.
Though he elaborated it broadly, but this particular point got me spelled-bound:
““The goal with this or any kind of business is not to lead with;
- How can I sell my product?
- Instead, you want to ask,
- How can I serve people?
- How can I prove my stuff works?
- How can I get results for somebody else?”
Those results are going to sell your products and services.
It doesn’t matter if you’re selling physical products, digital information, or service programs. Go out there and work for free. Get some results. If what you’re doing works, then capture those stories and testimonials. Use them to attract and convert your dream clients.””
It couldn’t just be anyway clearer.
#3 Develop a proactive game plan and commit to a proven strategy.
These are some pretty necessary steps to take if you are one of the few people who are really fascinated about the thought of entrepreneurship.
These are 15 High Income Skills That’d Make You 5—6 Figures Monthly according to Dan Lok, the Chinese internet multimillionaire:
✅Software & Web Development
✅Copywriting, Business Writing & Technical Writing
✅Specialized or Technical Skills
✅Web Design & Digital Marketing
✅Teaching, Training or Coaching
✅Supervising Teams and Operations
✅Legal & Administrative Skills
✅Sales, Closing & Deal Making
✅Digital Content Creation
This is one of the most highly detailed and guided posts I’ve ever read online. It’s deeply rooted and straight up, devoid of all the hypes and the B.S. Just straight, raw practical stuff. You may want to read it too if you really fancy making the leap into the swing of entrepreneurship. Read it here.
Useful Links & Resources
Below are some of the useful links to e-learning platforms that you can use to learn just about any skills you need. Most of them are completely free and comes with free certifications that can be used either for your resume or be uploaded to your LinkedIn profile or any other professional job sites.
These certificates help your potential clients or employers see that you actually know your stuff, and it’ll equally make those nutty clients who are out to frustrate your ass off to have a rethink before emailing you about their goddamn job offers.
There are millions of similar resources out there, you might want to check them out also on your own. But I hope these few help get you started.
📍Whiteboard SEO — Udemy
📍Tech Skills In Demand — Learn To Code With Me
📍Top Free Digital Skill Courses — Google
📍Free Online Marketing Certification Courses — eMarketing Institute
📍Free Online Course — Saylor
📍Free Digital Marketing Basics Course — Udemy
📍Digital Marketing — edX
📍Copywriting — Class Central
📍Copywriting Courses — Skill Share
📍Copywriting Course — Coursera
📍 Free Online Courses — World Scholarships Forum
📍Free Online Course With Certificate — Guru99
📍Best Free Certification Course Training Online — Digital Defyn
📍30 Free Online Courses To Learn Digital Marketing — After-school Africa
📍Top Free Online Courses — Class Central
📍 Learn Google Analytics — Google
📍 Getting Started With Google Analytics — Udemy
📍 Free Online Coding Academy — Codec Academy
📍 WordPress Learning
📍 How To Learn WordPress For Free In A Week Or Less — WP Beginners
📍 Top 60 Content Marketing Education Resources — Marketingland
Freelance Job Boards:
Recommended Books to Read:
📍 The 4-Hour Work Week — Tim Ferris
📍 Leap First: Creating Work That Matters — Seth Godin
📍 Rich Dad, Poor Dad: The Business Of The 21st Century — Robert Kiyasoki
📍 Expert Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Creating a Mass Movement of People Who Will Pay for Your Advice — Russell Brunson
Take Home Strike: Conclusion
Now, we are here…
Over the past few paragraphs, you probably have seen what causes job dissatisfaction, how to hack it to suit your ego if you still want to remain at it, what to do before quitting if you really want to test out other opportunity, and what to do therein after.
Now everything is in place, and it appears that you’re ready to launch out, it’s time to take the next steps; either to ditch (quit) or juggle (turn it into a game) your job and start your own business.
Alternatively, you can be working remotely as a freelancer while still remaining at your job until you are ready to kiss your job a final farewell. But just so you know that, working on your own business while still working at your paid job (especially during working hours) is considered illegal.
So for this to be feasible and probable, you can do your own freelancing business after your holy hour work day; it could be at your spare time, at night or before speeding off for work in the morning. Or maybe, you can count on weekends to be the best bet for your business. However way possible, just make sure you are doing the right thing — even if it’s unrealistic, make sure it’s unrealistically right.
But hey, make sure that you don’t burn any bridge on your way out.
Remember this, you’d need to prepare your resignation; it can be a brief document that simply thanks to your employer and describes what you learned from them and then give them a full two-weeks notice which is considered a standard practice.
Most importantly, make sure that you don’t phone-it-in during those final couple of weeks. Remember, again, you’re getting paid to a job. If you slack off and keep feigning in sick, you’re ruining your reputation.
It’s even more better to keep at your best during those tempting hours so that your former employer can be your referee, referring or recommending you to prospective investors or customers, and it leaves the door open if your company folds and you have to come back.
And, while you’re putting everything in place, you’ll still be able to have at least on a reliable stream of income until it’s time to move on completely from the daily 9-to-5 grind.
Give yourself the choice to burn the ship once you got another boat. Don’t necessarily subscribe to these “gurus” gospels. They’ll preach burning the ships so you have no option other than to succeed. Of course, as you are already aware, that has worked for some and compromised others.
As a chief provider of your family, when you have to put a roof over your family’s head and food on the table, you may want to reconsider your options and have a rethink over your decisions then take a more conservative approach.
While at your paid job, you had committed to performing at the highest level so you can free up time to build your business on the side. Once your business gets to a point where you have replaced your income you can choose to burn the ship, or not. Either way, you have the choice.
While society has set you up to live a mediocre life, at the end of the day it’s your life and you are accountable for it. You have made the investment in yourself, now go take action and live an extraordinary life!
It’s almost certain that, motivation could help get you started, but commitment will help you play it hard, and consistency is what you’ll need to finish it strong.
These are the three most vital things to keep at the back of your mind before making a decision to get started on your potential adventure — all these are the byproducts of your mindset, so before you begin, you need to get your MINDSET right.
Here, I’m wishing you mostly the very best on all life endeavours.
I love 😍 you!
Learn harder, earn higher, but work smarter.
Remember, you’re just one info away!
So, OODA (Observe, Orient, Decide and Act) on those ones you’ve got already!