Dug Campbell

You Are Your Own Employer

A post that isn’t mine tonight – but a classic from almost a decade ago that if you haven’t yet read it, is well worth a few minutes of your time.

It’s by Seth Godin in 2010 called ‘The World’s Worst Boss’.  And yes – that’ll be you.

“Even if you’re not self-employed, your boss is you. You manage your career, your day, your responses. You manage how you sell your services and your education and the way you talk to yourself.

Odds are, you’re doing it poorly.

If you had a manager that talked to you the way you talked to you, you’d quit. If you had a boss that wasted as much of your time as you do, they’d fire her. If an organization developed its employees as poorly as you are developing yourself, it would soon go under.”

It reminds me of another quote from Charlie Munger, who once remarked:-

“Whenever you think that some situation or some person is ruining your life, it’s actually you who are ruining your life. It’s such a simple idea. Feeling like a victim is a perfectly disastrous way to go through life. If you just take the attitude that however bad it is in anyway, it’s always your fault and you just fix it as best you can … I think that really works.”

So it’s all about taking responsibility really. Easy you’d have thought 😉