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“Jobs Are Owned by the Company, You Own Your Career.”

I recently came across a quote by the granddaddy of all self-helpers, Earl Nightengale, that’s worth repeating here: “The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you’re working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving forces of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career.” Whether he spoke or wrote these words in the Fifties as he was getting out of broadcasting and into publishing or in the Eighties when he was nearing the end of his life, they are as pertinent today as they were then. We’ve all heard (or should have by now) of the concept of You, Inc. and how you are truly the boss of your career, no matter who you work for. Yet the corollary of this concept is often overlooked: not only are you the boss, but you are responsible for the ongoing R&D of your product/service at all times…including when you are not working for someone else (i.e. unemployed). Taking a course, attending seminars and conferences, reading trade journals and books, getting up to date on the latest developments in your field, and picking up new tech skills are all part of it. What some overlook though is the interpersonal side of the equation. If you’d been in a job for a long period of time, the process of getting out and meeting new people doesn’t come easily. The process of forming alliances with all those around you, especially around the table at MPN meetings, can be foreign to some. They see MPN meetings as the time to fish for job leads and contacts and miss the oftentimes rich opportunities of forming long-term bonds with those who are in similar situations. Just ask any MPNer who has gone on to get a new job just how valuable those relationships can be. After all, it’s all part and parcel of developing You, Inc. Don’t lose out on a golden chance to grow your brand some more.

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