Alexandra Levit has the great idea for giving career tips to Generation Y. I may not be fully versed as to the differences between Gen Y and Gen X, but I get the impression both have a more entrepreneurial streak than their parents. There is a cry to “Be My Own Boss”. You know what, there’s nothing wrong with it. But…why not start on handling some of the more difficult things of being your own boss now?
Here’s a tip from Levit that applies…
* Make your boss look good. Go to lunch and discuss exactly what she needs from you. Determine how to surpass her expectations. Be self-sufficient and solution-oriented, respectful of her time, and accommodating.
What? Are you serious?! My Boss is a class-A top tier biologically perfect jerk specimen!
That your boss may be, but you what…so might one of one clients when you’re your own boss.
Now you can play a game with yourself. “I won’t work with people like that.” And that means exactly nada, because you’ll be working so hard to get your business off the ground you’ll take just about any initial business you can take. Then when you come up for air you’ll realize you have a client or two that are worse than any boss you’ve ever had.
Find a way to make your boss look good now and you can consider this good practice for the difficulties of doing your own thing later.
Often times we are temporarily trapped in a situation we don’t like…but it’s temporary. Rather than stew on your misfortune reframe your situation. Find a way to make this time investment time. Make this time an exercise or practice for when you do get out into freer and greener pastures.
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