manage oneself

The better the boss, the less she has to act like one.

No, it doesn’t just happen on autopilot.

The better the boss, the more choice she has over who she gets to hire.

And the less she needs to boss you around, the more likely she is to want to hire you.

Which means, of course, it’s all on you. The more you can manage yourself, the less other people need to manage you, the more intrinsically valuable you are to them.

That’s just human nature. That’s also a great opportunity for those of us who aren’t waiting around to be spoon fed, like so much of the population. While others wait around for instructions, you’ve already stolen the march on them, you’re already miles ahead in the game.

The only drawback is, there’s no one to blame but you if things go wrong. The ball is in your court.

The first time you try this, it’s terrifying. Of course it is. But it’s the ability to face this fear and come out the other side which will give your career its edge.

Not to mention, its meaning.

Good luck, and Godspeed.

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