Working for Yourself when You’re Working for Someone Else


This is a slow week. I’m in a 40 hr/week job and I love it, but I’m used to getting direction from people who have more vested in the company that I do. This week, those people are busy. They can’t give me a task on which I am to be measured. This leaves me with an option. My time can be used doing things that are valuable to me, or it can be used doing things that are valuable to the company. What do I choose?

My answer to this question is one of work ethic, but it’s not as straight forward as it might appear. You see, even if the decision to do what’s right for the company is an easy one to make, for me to know how to act on that decision requires me to know the company! Part of my job is to have enough ownership of my position, enough passion to carry on the vision of the company and enough value for myself and the people around me to learn what makes the heart of this organization beat. It’s working for yourself in the midst of working for someone else.

Like a good husband, who actively pursues the best for his bride, learning how she communicates and how she gives and receives love and then meeting her there, an employee who will be valuable for years to come is one who does the same for the company for which he works.

So do I do what’s best for the company when I don’t have a specific task to accomplish? Absolutely. But first, it’s time to know what makes her heart beat.

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