THE Secret to Landing a Lavishly High Paying Job
What are the two things that a top-notch developer at Google, a world class chef and a professional football player have in common?
The first is that they are so well compensated for their jobs that financial freedom is just around the corner. The second is that they are extremely skilled at what they do.
These two things, are evidently, not completely random but are rather strongly correlated. Contrary to what many people tell their selves, they didn’t get lucky and fell into a well-paying job.
Rather, they are compensated so well, because they are extremely skilled at what they do. Because they provide so much value to their employers.
When it comes to employment, there is one thing in the world that organizations are willing to pay a lavish amount of money for: extraordinary skilled people.
If you want to significantly increase your day job’s payday, you’ll have to escape the mediocre mass and become one of the best in your profession. Whether it is sports, investment banking or data science. There are plenty of professions where employers are willing to pay lavishly to those who are a master of trade in what they do.
Becoming one of the top one percent at what you do is evidently not so easy. It requires several things such as focus, determination, passion and sacrifice.
However, these are all factors that are commonly known and easy to identify. That a professional football player has thousands of hours of practice on his record isn’t surprising. Neither is it surprising that along the road you’ll hit some bumps that require determination and for you to have faith in yourself. That this determination is often fueled by passion and that somewhere along the road you’ll have to make sacrifices.
That you’ll have to say no to hamburgers and beer if you want to become the fittest quarterback in the league. That you’ll have to say no to your parents’ wish to take over their grocery store if you want to become a successful investment banker.
However, next to all these factors there is one vastly important secret to becoming the best in your field of work. This factor is perhaps even more significant than focus, determination, passion and sacrifice combined.
What this secret is? I’ll tell you below.
The impact of your environment
If you are fulltime employed then chances are that you spend at least 40 and perhaps even 60 or more hours per week in one and the same environment.
Your work environment. If you don’t count sleeping as spending time at home then your work environment is the single place where you spend most of your time. You’ll be surrounded by the same people and work with the same tools every day.
Your work environment is a big determinant of how fast and how far you will be able to develop your professional skills.
There are a lot of possible constraints that you can face in your work environment. Constraints that can hurt your development.
If you work with average people, you’ll learn average things. Or end up trying to figure everything out yourself. If you work with bad or outdated tools then you’ll develop slower than when you work with the most cutting edge tools. And perhaps even the worst assassin of personal development and the cause of mediocre coworkers and bad tools at the same time: lack of support from upper management.
If the upper management doesn’t fully embrace and support what you do in a company, this can significantly hurt your development.
The lack of budget, lack of growth opportunities and lack of proper tools will push great and ambitious minds away. If you’re lucky, and perhaps a bit wise, you get out before your ambitions die and you settle for mediocrity as well.
To get a feeling of what I mean. Answer the two questions below for yourself:
- If you were a professional football player, would you develop faster if you were to play for an amateur club? Or would you develop faster if you were to play for Barcelona? Would you learn more from playing with Messi every day or would you learn more from two amateur players?
- If you were a programmer. Would you learn more and faster if you were to work for Google, surrounded by great minds and tools? Or would you develop faster if you were to work for an organization that does a little software development on the side and is contempt with not having top notch developers?
The examples above apply to nearly every profession with a long learning curve.
Whether it is football, programming, cooking or data science. So, when it comes to professional development there is one important factor that can speed up or slow down your development: your professional environment. In order to become the best in your field you should attempt to place yourself in the best possible environment.
But what does that environment look like?
Your job as a core business
A great professional environment has several key ingredients.
There needs to be an abundancy of talented people to learn from. There needs to be plenty of support for what you do and there need to be opportunities for you to grow and develop.
If you surround yourself with the most talented people you will develop much quicker than when you are surrounded with people who lack skills and talent. If the job you do is not entirely supported in your organization you will often face resistance when it comes to budgets, opportunities and procurement of good tools.
To find a great environment there is one simple rule of thumb.
“Find an environment where your job is the core business”
If you do marketing, then the best development prospects are within an organization that has marketing as its core business. That is where you’ll likely find the most talented co-workers, the best tools, the largest budgets and the most support for your role.
The development prospects will be much better than when you work for an organization that sells real estate and thinks they “should” do a bit marketing on the side.
Those kind of organizations often hire a marketing officer but don’t fully support the marketing position as much as their real estate sales positions. The tools will be mediocre and innovative ideas you propose are shot down because they simply want a lot of exposure in a cheap way.
The conclusion is rather simple.
Your development prospects within an organization that has your job as its core business will likely be much better than when your job is just a side thing in an organization. In the former you will learn much quicker and much more than the latter.
This means that your career development has a much steeper potential as well. If you play things well you can end up becoming extremely skilled in what you do and eventually bump into someone who’s willing to pay you a shitload of money for it.
Then all you have to do is manage this money wisely and you’ll set yourself on a steep path to financial freedom.
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