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Is Your Job In Danger?

Posted by Josh Patrick

act_like_an_ownerHere’s something you may not have thought about.  Your biggest asset is your ability to earn money.  The younger you are the more important this asset is.

I spend most of my time working with business owners.  I can tell you that your value dramatically increases the more that you think like an owner.

You might be saying to yourself, “what is he talking about?  Think like an owner, owners are the ones that do that.”

Show real interest in the company you work for.

This is the first rule.  Too often I’ve had people work for me who obviously are just there for a paycheck.  These are the ones who are always the first to go when things got tough.

When you show real interest in the company you’re working for you always get the attention of your boss.  There are often far more people who don’t think about the companies best interest.  If you’re working for a good company and you put the company’s interest ahead of yours you’ll be rewarded.

Ask yourself if I owned the company what would I do?

This is something I would like you to do.  This is a question that few people ask.  Instead too many employees do the opposite.  They think about what’s best for them and put their interests in front of the company.

You need to do your best when you work for someone else.  Always ask if what you’re doing would be the same thing if you owned the company.  If your answer is no, change your behavior.

Don’t be afraid to make suggestions.

Don’t wait till someone asks you what you think, volunteer.  If you see a better way of doing it, speak up.  If you’re idea isn’t immediately adopted don’t stop making suggestions.

I know that sometimes I haven’t dealt in a timely basis on employees suggestions.  Sometimes I’ve been too busy.  Sometimes I’ve had other things on my mind.  It’s never because I don’t want to hear suggestions. 

Really, if you have good ideas keep them coming.  Your boss will eventually thank you. 

If you don’t like where you are leave.

Sometimes your boss doesn’t want to hear your ideas.  Sometimes you just don’t like what the company does.  Sometimes you feel frustrated and know you could do better for yourself.

This is the time for you to leave your job.  If you’re a star employee and show real interest in your job you’re going to find a company where you’re valued.  I can promise you there are few people like you.  One of the biggest complaints I hear from employers is they don’t have employees who think like owners.  You can really stand out and be rewarded…..It’s up to you.

Employees who think like owners are always stars.

I love to hire people who have parents who owned their own business.  These people know what thinking like an owner means.  They’ve seen it from their parents and have learned valuable lessons.

If your parents didn’t own a business you can still think like an owner.  If you do, you’ll be rewarded.  It’s just a matter of time.

Once you start thinking like an owner and making more money make sure you save 50% of your raise.  You’ll then be able to start investing for the future. 

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