My perspective on the corporate world comes from my personal experience navigating it.
I went from ZERO leadership responsibilities to a leadership role in less than 6 months, increased my salary by $65,000 and became the top 1% rated leader in a 30,000-employee corporation.
Now I work less than 40 hours a week and get off work in time to pick up my son from school.
But it wasn’t always like that.
In the beginning, I used to be like you.
Before I found my footing. Before I uncovered the REAL reason people were promoted ahead of me, I was stuck in my career.
I was right out of college, eager to put my newfound skills to use and hopefully pay off this massive mountain of student debt before my grandkids were ready for college.
I quickly joined the "rat race" as another "worker bee" who was promised a leadership role eventually. They said there was "lots of room to move up." Pay was decent. The future was promising (or so I thought).
I was lucky, considering a lot of my friends struggled to find work. Many of them were competing for the same pool of rapidly shrinking jobs.
Friends quickly became the competition.
It’s even tougher now. Especially with remote work blowing up. By 2025 remote work jobs will have increased by 87%. I’ve seen the numbers. The increase is steady.
That means instead of competing locally…
The competition is now global for the same mid-level dead-end position. Mid-level positions get easily farmed out for the lowest pay to the hardest worker.
I soon found out that landing the job was the least of my worries…
Getting recognition for hard work, moving up and making more money was a totally different game than I thought…
So, like everyone else, I put my head down and placed my nose against that grindstone.
I put in the time.
I did the work.
I even did the work my bosses piled on top of the work I had yet to complete. But I did. I did it with a smile that hurt my face.
But to keep up with all the extra workload, I started going into work early and leaving later.