By this time, you already know that we’re big fans of having a side hustle, and hopefully you’re on your way to being fully independent. However, we also know that sometimes you have to keep your 9-to-5, or you have to start with one, or you genuinely like working there. Whatever the case may be, here’s how to be a Bullicorn if you work for the man.
Impress everyone on day one by remembering names!
Running your career like a business – with no apologies – can solve a lot of problems, and keep you from the sorry state in which you later find yourself out of work or unable to work and are attempting to feed and house yourself with feelings.
If you live to be 85, you will get to be alive for 744,600 hours. If you have a forty-year career during which you spend about an hour a day in meetings 50 weeks a year, that’s about 10,000 hours, or 1.3% of your life, or 2% of your waking hours.
I don’t know about you, but if anything gets 2% of all the waking hours I get for my entire life, it really ought to involve liquor, orgasms, or receiving personalized trophies.
Keep your zen on in the workplace (and use other people’s mediocrity to your advantage).
But there’s a larger principle at play: some people are willing to be compensated in feelings, and some aren’t. Feelings are a currency. You want to win at Emotional Currency Arbitrage.
When it’s time to go, it’s time to go. Winners quit all the time.