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About a week ago or so, something odd happened to me. It was an infamous moment that I’m likely going to brag about for a long time. But what I’m about to describe sounds like a classic movie scene. It reminded me to just keep it up with what I’m doing right now. This exchange took place in an elevator, and it was the perfect moment to capture.
Just Keep It Up: You’re On The Right Track
I was heading out of work early in the morning, and my supervisor/sponsor was leaving as well. I’m currently on a contract assignment, with the possibility of becoming an employee for this company next year. I’ll find out in the next several months, so I still have a while.
Anyway, the conversation went something like this:
- Sponsor: “I think I’m going to do you a favor and get something off your back.”
- Me: “Ok, what is that?”
As we walked into the elevator and the doors closed, it continued:
- Sponsor: “When your temporary assignment gets close to ending, you will be at the top of our list for people to keep on as regular employees.”
(In other words, it’s nearly guaranteed I’ll be kept on as a long-term employee. He’s telling me that he’s reserving a spot for me.)
Just Keep It Up: “You’re Doing Good, Man. Keep Up The Great Work.”
So I was like, “Come on, really? I still have a while to go”. Then he went on and explained how the process works. To put it in fewer words, not every contractor will be kept on after their assignments are over.
Out of the ten contractors working right now (including myself), they may keep on two-three individuals in the end. As much as I don’t want to think about who may be let go around that time, it’s great to know I’m a strong candidate at the top of their list. At least I know they want to keep the best people on board.
I’ve been on this assignment for nearly six months, and I’m doing stellar work on this project. I’ve opted to do some of the more challenging tasks than other associates. I do the best to help stand out from the rest- because, in the end, those are the types of people who become successful in the long-run.
As we left work, he gave me some words of encouragement and gave me a boost.
He was like, “You’re doing good, man- I appreciate all of your effort and support. Keep up the great work.”
After having that conversation with my sponsor, I felt much calmer and at ease. For the first time during this assignment, I believe I was doing something meaningful at work. Also, my sponsor became an instant fan and gained trust over me. So I knew that I’m something great right now.
As I write this post, I’m well aware that being at this job is not my ultimate goal in life. Working on my own (this website) is something I want to achieve in the long-run. But until I achieve true financial freedom, the assignment I’m at is the best route at the moment.
It’s essential to keep all options on the table open. If it takes me longer to grow my business, I have the employee option to resort back to.
Weekly Lesson: No Matter Where You’re At- Make Sure To “JUST KEEP GOING”
This infamous exchange I had with my sponsor was an important reminder to keep up with the ongoing process. In other words, to keep doing what I do very well. I know that I take the work seriously, and I want to do what it takes to get the ultimate prize.
One thing I struggle with at times is something called a “Not Yet” mentality. Often, I tell myself if I was only at the end of the assignment now. I have those days where I’d like to be there now. It’s hard to deal with because I put a lot of energy and effort into my work.
In previous months, I felt a little concerned that maybe the assignment will not work out. Perhaps I’ll find another job or go in another direction. That sure is possible (I may find something better, but that’s not a guarantee either). So I have those moments from time to time and probably will for the next several months.
More importantly, if I stay here for the long haul, I’ll make sure to keep going regardless. Before I know it, the middle of next year will be here, and it’ll be decision time. That will be a wonderful moment to sink in.
But until then, keep doing what you’re the best at. The more you do it, the longer you do it, that time will come where you’ll be rewarded.
This experience was well-worth sharing, and I likely will bring it up again in future posts.
I’ll end this post with a great quote by Morgan Freeman:
“I always tell my kids if you lay down, people will step over you. But if you keep scrambling, if you keep going, someone will always, always give you a hand. Always. But you gotta keep dancing, you gotta keep your feet moving.”
Have you ever had a moment that is well-worth remembering? Was it life-changing? Did it result in you to keep going like I’m doing right now?
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