From Overlooked and Undervalued To Future-Proof Career
How to future proof your career and get paid what you're worth.
This is where it all started - my red pill moment.
I started realizing how much value I was creating for the company I was working for.
This realization would help me become more future-proof and have more control over getting paid what I’m worth.
I was a draftsman working in standard product development at a commercial lighting. My product and process improvements were saving and making the company a crap ton of money.
Once I started doing the math, I started feeling underpaid.
I Had Two Options
I realized I had a couple of options;
I could bitch about how unfair it is and how much I’m not getting paid (while standing there with my hand out begging for money… lame).
I could look for a way to make it so that I can capitalize on my value and create leverage.
I chose the latter (although I did bitch a little too).
Lucky for me, these revelations started happening about the same time the internet really started taking hold in the early 2000s.
The internet opened a lot of doors because I could educate myself without going back to school again.
I was able to devour podcasts while I worked. Those podcasts lead to books, blogs, newsletters, and online courses.
I developed a love of learning and shit ton of new skills.
I learned how to build websites, publish podcasts, run pay-per-click ads, AND make money on the side.
It also led to opportunities I didn’t see coming.
These skills helped me move up in the company, too.
Someone in upper management noticed that I built and was promoting a fantasy football website.
Next thing you know, I’m in the marketing department. I’m managing their website, running Google Ads, and sitting in on sales meetings.
I never went to college to learn any of this stuff. I learned it all on the web, in books, and by doing it. I am proud that I was able to do this. I am very grateful for living at a time when this is possible.
Eventually, after 17 years, I was able to walk away.
On July 3rd, 2013, I would walk away from Winona Lighting, start my own business.
Moral Of The Story
So, why am I telling you this?
Because I want you to see that you don’t have to sit around and wait for a boss or manager to value your skills.
You don’t have to wait around and HOPE they see your value.
HOPE they will give you a raise.
Or, at our age, HOPE they don’t replace or retire you.
Hope is not a strategy.
Do you know what is?
Learning new in-demand skills, leveraging your existing skills and experiences, and understanding how to sell them.
That is my strategy for a future-proof career.
Want to know how I was feeling around this time?
Here’s a song I wrote, recorded, and released a few months after leaving.
It’s called “Why Wait.”
Listen now because you’ll be able to relate.
There you have it.
Are you in a similar situation? Does my story or song help?
Let me know in the comments section.
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