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Secrets of a Great Career

Think about all the Blogs of mine you reading the past. Now, I want you to imagine, whatever massive value you got from all of those incredible blogs, you will get 10 times more from this Blog alone. Secrets of a Great career is depending on self-learning and development.

 

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Those of you who are determined to achieve massive success in their great careers, determined to reach those multiple 6 figure salaries, you will take many lessons from this Blog alone.

 

In fact, to a degree that, you’re going to find out what sort of a future is waiting for you. So, I urge you to spend some time and read this Blog very carefully and even multiple times.

 

Unfortunately, it will also be a very controversial one. I will push your hot buttons. I will make you challenge your past decisions. You won’t be comfortable. But that’s ok.

 

Let’s Start the Discussion on career 

 

Today, you’re going to find out if you’re in this fight, this fight to achieve a great career success with both your hands tied behind your back.

 

Because even if you’re an incredibly skilled, talented professional, if you are not in the right role and right field, you will still lose for reasons out of your control.

 

Soon, you’re going to find out if that’s you. And hey, even if you find out in this Blog that it is you, and hey even if that’s you, you’re going to find out in this Blog that I will also show you a roadmap.

 

I’ll share with you the actions you can take starting from today, to change the trajectory of your great career secrets. I hope you’re excited. Because you should be. It’s a good day.

 

Now, before I start, I want to talk about what makes me qualified to share my views on this. Not everyone who reads this blog will be my beloved reader, whom I love and respect dearly. Some of you are going to be new.

 

So for those new joiners, you have to know who you are taking your advice from.

 

Because wrong advice is as equally destructive as the good one is transformative. So, I am going to talk about my background in 30 seconds. 

 

Self Introduction-Phase I:

 

Before started I would like to introduce myself, I am associated with a big corporate house. During my career, the best part is I didn’t observe the career progressions just for the short term but also in the long term.

 

I was able to see the challenges as well as the growth opportunities for many many years. That’s why it’s so valuable to help towards career success.

 

Self Introduction-Phase II:

 

Considering that I am almost 40 now, that gives me a very good sample size of the careers observed. Now, why is this important?

 

Because most often you see other people telling you that they made a certain mistake in their careers, they learned from it, and now they are teaching you not to make the same mistake.

 

I am sure you must have come across them. That’s a very stupid way to look at things. Your experience means nothing. Your sample size is Just you need statistical confidence to be able to draw conclusions.

 

Even if you had a 90% chance of succeeding, but if your sample size is just one, it’s just pure luck. So, you can’t draw any conclusions based on luck and it’s irresponsible to share that with others as well.

 

 

That’s why I am very careful with my advice. So, if you think I am qualified, then pay attention to what I am about to share. I guarantee you that even if you’re a genius, an incredibly skilled person unless you are in the right domain, you are going to have a life of misery.

 

Great career Secrets going to analyze many different career fields and we’re going to analyze the criteria, talk through examples, and even possible solutions. Meaning, you have the skills, you’re talented but you’re in the wrong management field.

 

Let’s Start:

 

OK? Let’s start with the criteria. Otherwise, we can’t determine anything to be good or bad. We first need our criteria. For the sake of simplicity, I’ll take the2 most important ones in my view.

 

I’ll quickly go over these two criteria without giving a lot of details. Then, once we start running examples, I’ll get more technical.

 

The first criteria are that a good career field is the one that rewards you the most as you get older and as you get more experiences. So, it’s increased salary or increased compensation lies in Great career Secrets.

 

Further Discussion:

 

I want to underline something here. I said, as you get older and as you get more experiences. This is the crucial part. Your career is almost a four-decade long investment, 40 years.

 

How much salary you make the first couple of years doesn’t make much of a material difference in the long run. But what you want is that you want that investment to be able to grow just like a stock portfolio, giving you more money every year.

 

That’s how you increase your living standards. You want to get higher yields every single year. It doesn’t have to start off quickly but you want to be able to reach those 6 figure salaries at or soon after you hit your 30s.

 

And it will only happen if you’re on the right track. This is my first criterion. Later on, we’re going through the examples, I’ll also share with you what makes you get that increased salary in the long run.

 

The right time to think:

 

Again, I want to underline something here even if you’re past 35 now and that you don’t make that 6 figure salary, I’ll share with you the solutions later on for Great career Secrets.

 
Way out:

 

There is a way that you can still put your Great career Secrets on the right track. But that’s for later.

 

Criterion number 2. Job security. As you grow older, and as you accumulate more experiences, and that your worth increases in the job market, you also want to become in high demand so you never worry about unemployment ever again.

 

Because even one single unemployment patch can ruin your entire career. Prolonged unemployment can have devastating consequences. It diminishes your wealth, health, and happiness very quickly.

 

You may end up having to take up a lower role just to pay the bills, that’s where the problem is because the lower role with no brand name employer can very well throw you off of your career trajectory very quickly, to a degree that you may never ever even be able to recover again.

 
Think on the other side:

 

It is possible. Unemployment is bad, unemployment has dire consequences. It destroys your belief in your abilities, and it destroys your self-confidence. I am sure you know this already.

 

You don’t want to be in a situation where you make a very high salary for a couple of years even for 5 years or 10 years, then spend the rest of your 40-year career looking for jobs every two years.

 

You don’t want to face job insecurity. Because, trust me, there are certain management fields that are always on shaky grounds. They always face job insecurity even if you’re the best talent there is. They always face job insecurity.

 
Trend Example:

 

I am going to give you examples of what these fields are. I think I am dragging this one. But this is also important. Another threat to job security is unemployability.

 

A lot of employers especially in a competitive job market consider you unemployable if you are more than 6 months unemployed. HR does this. HR tends to do this.

 

They think that you must have been failing a lot of job interviews and something must be wrong with you. That’s why you are unemployed for 6 months. I think it’s nonsense.

 

But it is what it is. Imagine the stress it will put on you. You don’t want that. That’s not a quality life to live. That’s a life of constant misery and fear. And it defeats the entire purpose of going into a management field. So, our second criterion that’s why is job security, which is career secrets.

 

Job security and increased pay:

 

As we go through the examples, I’ll share with you what gives you the job security, it’ll be an eye-opener. OK, so we got 2 criteria, job security, and increased pay. Let’s move on to the examples. Let’s get practical. That’s what I like.

 

The more example I give you, the easier it will be for you to apply this level to your own field and then you’re going to find out if you’re wasting your time in your job or actually building a very strong career.

 

And don’t worry, even if you end up realizing that you’re wasting your time in that job you have nothing to worry about because I am going to share with you really actionable suggestions towards the end of the Blog. I told you, this Blog is going to be a life-changer.

 
Drive your Ambition:

 

Alright, let’s get to the examples. A retail banker. Say you’re a retail banker at a branch. You get to enjoy an increased salary every year and you even eventually become a branch manager with a very high salary package.

 

Probably close to at or a little above 100,000dollars. 6 figure salary. You’re in your mid to late 30s. Great. Beautiful life. So, it fits the first criterion. You started off probably as a consumer loan associate and eventually became a branch manager. But it doesn’t fit the second criterion.

 

Meaning, it doesn’t have high job security. There are not many branches to manage. The role of the branch manager is a very specific role. Very specific to that particular bank.

 

Because of that, it’s very difficult to transfer to another bank with the same responsibilities. You can’t easily transfer to other banks as a branch manager at least because it requires learning all these different internal systems from scratch.

 

Every bank has different internal systems. And you’re always under constant threat from the up and coming managers in the same branch, every year.
 

This means, if your branch closes down, or that you need to move on to another location for personal reasons, or that you just simply get bored, you can get bored of your job you know, and then you won’t be able to sustain your living standards anymore.

 

All those years from your consumer loan associate days to reaching a branch manager position, you built something so valuable but what you built is extremely vulnerable. You can’t even join a competitor bank at the same seniority.

 

That’s why retail banking fits this criterion, I mean it fits criterion number 1 but it fails criterion number 2. It fails the test. Let me give you another example.

 

But you know what we should do, first. Before it gets complicated, for the sake of simplicity, let’s create categories. Otherwise, it’ll get confusing.

 

Category wise compression:

 

Let’s say Category A passes both criteria, meaning increased salary and job security. Category B passes the 1st criterion but fails the 2nd one.

 

Meaning increased salary, but no job security Category C fails 1st criterion but passes criterion 2, stagnant salary increase in the long run but high job security.

 

When I say stagnant salary increase, I mean that you still get an increase, probably adjusted to the rate of inflation, but not those astronomical increases.

 

Continue…

 

Category D, it’s the worst one. D fails everything. So let’s continue with category C. Meaning you have job security but a lower increase in pay.

 

Meaning, you don’t get paid a lot higher when you get more experience but you have job security. Now, Financial Accountants, particularly the CPAs would fit in this category.

 

If they stay as CPAs, and that 90% do, then this is a field that won’t reward you much in the long term. But you’ll have job security. Once you’re a certified public accountant, you’ll get to enjoy relative job security for a very long time.

 

Barriers:

 

To a degree that, I am never surprised seeing a public accountant never ever seeing any unemployment period in his or her entire career. Imagine, entire employment history of 30 years, 40 years, never been unemployed, at least involuntarily.

 

Or that the transition to another company was so short that it was barely noticeable. There are many reasons for this. And I need you to understand the reasons very carefully.

 

Now, actually, this is the time to talk about job security bit a bit more. What gives you job security or the job insecurity, even when you’re a top performer in your field.

 

What is it that gives you job security? It comes with entry barriers. When you have high entry barriers, it keeps the supply of candidates always in check.

 

Insecurity during the tough time:

 

Job insecurity comes when you have very low entry barriers. When I say entry barriers, by the way, it doesn’t necessarily mean entry from the beginning as a junior, as a fresh graduate.

 

But also entry to your field, at any level. Think of that entry barrier as a wall. The more bricks you put on it, the more difficult for other people to come in and threaten your job, or fewer reasons for your employer to let you go.

 

It keeps the supply-demand dynamics in check and keeps the supply limited, especially in times of economic recession this is really important.

 

More Example – Part1:

 

I am going to give you a couple of examples here. Examples of what makes up that entry barrier wall and when I give those examples, I want you to think about your own career, ok?. In fact, I suggest you take notes.

 

The first brick on this wall may be a simple bachelor’s diploma. Can people do your job without a diploma? For example, if you’re in digital marketing, you don’t need a diploma.

 

You just need to show better results than others. But if you’re an accountant or a lawyer, you definitely need a diploma. Right? How about your field?

 

More Example – Part2:

 

Take a note. Do you need a diploma to perform your job? To get selected for your job. * How about a master’s degree? Is it a requirement? For example, management consulting, my field.

 

If you’re joining a consulting firm as an experienced hire, like an associate or above, you definitely need a master’s degree, while it’s not a requirement per se, but without it, it’s really difficult to get into the industry.

 

Also, not just any master’s degree, but it has to be from one of the top universities or top business schools in the World. Again, keeping the supply levels in check. * Or another brick maybe even a Ph.D.

 

Specified Category:

 

There are many jobs that only PhDs can do. For example, the majority of the quants, quantitative analysts are PhDs. AI researchers are PhDs. another brick can be certifications like CPA, CFA, law certificates.

 

Without a CPA, you can’t work as a public accountant. It’s impossible. It’s illegal. Law degree. Even if you have a law degree, if you can’t pass the bar exam, you can’t be a lawyer.

 

Even nowadays in project management without PMP or Prince 2, it’s very difficult to enter the field.

 

Not because they are the best certificates or that only the best can be a PMP certified project management professional, but rather it simply allows you to speak the same language with the rest of the team. It makes everything easier.

 

Think on the same page:

 

It makes planning easier initiation easier execution easier. So you get to speak the same language with the rest of the team. Everybody is on the same page.

 

Everybody knows what initiation means, what project lifecycle is, what process groups are. Same language. This is now almost a requirement for certain fields, like the construction industry, meaning another brick on that wall.

 

How about your industry? Is there such a certification that makes it is a requirement? 

 

Another one and this one is by far the biggest brick on the wall. Please pay very close attention to this. It is the progression of complexity in your profession. Did you get this? This is by far the biggest brick on this wall.

 

If you’re in an industry and doing a job that the complexity gets significantly advanced with more years on the job, then your job will be highly secure. But not just that, this particular point is also the number 1 contributor to our 2nd criterion.

 

Meaning increased salary. So, you do not just enjoy job security, immensely, but also you enjoy increased salary every year as your job gets more complex.

 

If this is unclear, please rewind the Blog and read what I said multiple times. This is really really important. In fact, this is so important that I want to give you an example.

 

Complexity:

 

Like a project management professional from the construction industry. A civil engineer. Can you imagine the complexity involved in managing mega-projects?

 

Billion-dollar projects. Imagine, you’re the project manager forth the construction of The Palm Island in Dubai. The Palm Jumeirah, a palm tree-shaped artificial island. Can you imagine the complexity? Or, you’re in the aerospace industry.

 

Complexity pays you:

 

Imagine you’re the project manager in charge of building the International Space Station. A football field-size space station that took20 years to build, at a cost of more than 100 billion dollars.

 

Can you imagine how many decades of experience these two project managers had before attempting to take on such megaprojects? And trust me, their income, as well as their job security, is proportional to the difficulty of the problems they solve.

 

Can you even imagine a 25-year-old managing such projects 2, 3 years after college? No way. That’s why this is the biggest brick in that wall.

 

Some industries are just blessed with this nature. The nature of the jobs can reach incredible heights in terms of their complexity. Now we got the criteria covered. Let’s continue with the Public Accountant example.

 

Specified Qualification needed:

 

A CPA enjoys relative job security because the entry barriers are high, you need CPA certification, and you need to pass the exams, and that it is a technical field. Good?

 

The entry barriers are relatively high. This means the supply of public accountants will always be limited compared to most other professions.

 

For example, when a marketing professional tomorrow becomes unemployed, they can’t run after your job. They can’t work as accountants, let alone certified public accountants. It’s just impossible.

 

Even accounting graduates cannot work as CPAs unless they pass the test and get certified.

 

So, just from the get-go, you eliminate everyone who doesn’t have the accounting skill or the degree, then you eliminate at least 80%of the remaining accountants because they are not certified to be CPAs.

 

That’s why the entry barriers stay relatively high and that you almost always enjoy job security. Again when I talk about these things I want you to translate this to your own field, ok?

 

That’s how it’s going to be valuable for you. And because of these dynamics, you’ll also always enjoy a comfortable salary. Not very high but never too low either. But… this is where it gets interesting.

 

Complexity leads to Increment:

 

Pay attention, please. But because the complexity of the job doesn’t increase as you get more experienced, you don’t get to enjoy increased salary either.

 

It is technical, fine, which gives you job security, and sort of ok level compensation, but because it isn’t too technical, because it doesn’t get very complex, unlike that International Space Station example, you reach the top of your technical expertise very quickly.

 

Sometimes only within a couple of years on the job. As a result, you don’t get to enjoy or get that increased salary every year. I’ll explain this a bit more. I think I am making this confusing. Why is this the case? Simply because employers cannot justify the increased salary.

 

If someone with 5 years of experience on the job can do the exact same job as someone with 30 years of experience, why pay more? Who would pay more? Nobody. Maybe just a little more just for the age factor, overall wisdom factor, but not for the technical skills. I hope you get this.

 

Now, ask yourself, how about your field? Does the complexity increase with each year on the job? Or does it stay the same? I want you to do me a favor.

 

Whenever I mention a point, I want you to see if it applies to you. I really want you to take notes, pause the Blog, spend a few minutes answering the questions.

 

Consider this as if I am coaching you one on one. And I am just getting started. We’ll get more advanced soon. So, take full advantage of it.

 

Growth whats matter:

 

Category D. Meaning continuously lower pay even when you have decades of experience in the field, and no job security. This means you’re not only easily replaceable but also you don’t get an increased salary either.

 

It’s the worst category there is. It’s horrible. Now let’s give an example. Human resources and recruitment would be a great example for this category.

 

Remember when I said that your career is a four-decade-long journey and that you want it to appreciate like a stock portfolio.

 

Now, Human Resources and Recruitment as afield is the complete opposite. The best times in your career, the entire career of 40 years is the first 5 to 10 years out of school.

 

HR is not a technical field, at least notes much as most others so there is very little to learn. You don’t get to become a better Human Resources professional after 10 years of experience. It’s still the same job. Still the same job.

Again, I mean, you are obviously wiser at the age of 30 compared to 22 and that it justifies a little bit of more salary but it came with the age, not because of the years on the job.

 

And because of this, no employer will ever justify paying you just double the salary to an HR with 10, 20 years of experience versus junior hire who has only 2 years of experience, or in some cases a fresh graduate. I mean what would it do to a person’s psychology.

 

Replacement:

 

Imagine, you’re 35 years old, 40 years old, you have more than 10, 15 years of experience in HR and Recruitment, and then your employer replaces you with a fresh graduate, and sometimes not even someone with an HR degree.

 

It could be a sociology graduate, psychology graduate, or to be honest, any management degree, public administration, finance, business administration, whoever is unemployed, can probably do the job after a couple of weeks of training.

 

Even a non-management degree, history, English literature, arts, seriously, whoever is available and willing to take the job.

 

It really doesn’t take much training to teach someone to review resumes, CVs, write up job descriptions, copy some employee handbooks from other organizations. Here’s the heartbreaking part.

 

That fresh graduate is very happy thinking he or she made it. She thinks that she was so good that she was able to replace someone with 10 years of experience.

 

Problem started:

 

The problem is she just doesn’t know she’s also looking at her future too. Now, this is where the real problem is. Not just for HR but all category D jobs. Management fields are not passion-driven careers.

 

They are supposed to be money-driven, financial security-driven. You go into these fields to have a comfortable, and luxurious life.

 

You were sold on the idea that if you take up a loan of ten thousand dollars, a hundred thousand dollars, and study in a university, in any management field, you’ll have a good life. Well, that’s not entirely accurate. Not in every single domain at least. Not in every field.

 

Success Factors:

 

So, in a way, you want to be an Olympian in the corporate world. But if you want to be an Olympian, you have got to pick Olympic Sports.

 

Your stone-throwing skills won’t get you to the Olympics. And this has nothing to do with the brand of your employer, it’s the skills that matter.

 

You may be working for the greatest firm in the world, which is wonderful, you’re collecting all those brands in your resume, perfect, it’s a big plus for you. But what matters still is what you do in that firm.

 

learning :

 

You can still be in Category D even if you’re working for the world’s greatest tech company; Google. I am going to give you an example, a real one.

 

There are thousands of Google employees formal around the world with a Master’s Degree, stationed in Dublin Ireland. They come from all over the world, then they go to Dublin, Ireland.

 

They are working as customer support agents for their Ad words platform. It’s their advertising solution. The only technical skill they develop is learning how to use Google Ad words. Just the platform.

 

The software. And it’s not even complicated software. It’s an incredibly easy one to learn and use for advertisers. You may think but they are learning to advertise. No, they are just learning the software that serves ads, a 1-week training, that’s it.

 

Impact on new learning:

 

They are learning how to use the shovel, hammer, not how to build a house. And some of them spend a decade on that role. The title may change, Customer Support Agent to Senior Customer Support Manager but what difference does it make? It doesn’t.

 

What is your transferrable skill? And the majority of those guys are from The World’s top business schools. They made the wrong decision, they were sold on the brand name of such an incredible company, without properly understanding what they were going to do.

 

Fast forward 5 years in that job, that’s when they realize that they just haven’t built any valuable skill or accumulated any valuable experience. Then, you get the shock of your life.

 

Development:

 

When you decide to leave for another company, you realize that none of the quality employers, none of the other top MNCs are willing to give you a writer because you don’t have any skills.

 

You haven’t developed anything in those past5 years, past 10 years. You’re hitting 30, you’re hitting 35 and you got nothing to show other than the brand name Google.

 

Factoring Risk:

 

If your job falls under Category D, you’re taking almost the same amount of risk that an entrepreneur or a business owner takes.

 

Almost the same amount of risk, not really knowing if the cash flow will be enough tomorrow or the next month if the company will survive the next year, but in your case without any of the potential benefits.

 

Entrepreneurs can justify taking all that risk because the upside exists. The benefits can be tremendous. It justifies taking all that risk. If the company survives, the entrepreneurs going to make millions of dollars.

 

In your case, if you survive and get to stay in your job, then you’ll just continue to make a mediocre salary, barely enough to make ends meet.

 

How is that a good upside to justify taking all that risk of staying in that shaky field? It’s not. It isn’t. Wake up. Ok. It’ll get a bit more confusing and a bit more complex soon.

 

We’re going to talk about how to make you jump from category B, C, and D all the way up to category A. It is possible. It is possible and I am going to talk about it.

 

I will also talk about how you can jump from5 figure salaries to 6 figure salaries, then what will make you jump to even 7 figure compensation. That’s a million dollars.

 

It is possible. I’ll even show you the roadmap. It will happen, in this Blog. But, before we get there, I’d like you to take a break. Go get some fresh air, get your focus back, and then continue.

 

If you want, get a cup of coffee. I want you to be on your smartest for the rest of the Blog. Because it’ll get very interesting. But while you’re on your break, if you haven’t done it already, I want you to think about which category your job belongs to, in terms of Job Security and Increased Pay.

 

But what I know for sure is that all of my Blog is tremendous resources for your career. My delivery may not be the best with some of them, I was very nervous at the beginning but if I publish something, it’s worth your time.

 

Enough of the break. As I said before, it’s about to get very interesting. Before I get to the suggestions part, I want to share something very interesting with you.

 

Now what:

 

Ok, now let’s get to the suggestions. I am sure you spent enough time to determine which category your field belongs to. Let’s say your field is Category C.

 

Meaning, high job security, but lower progressive pay. Do you remember we gave CPAs, public accountants, certified public accountants as an example?

 

Suggestion:

 

Alright, now we’re going to find a peripheral that we can leverage our transferable skills, to a field that will give us increased pay but let us continue to have job security. So we want more money this time. What can that peripheral be?

 

Hmmm. Well, I know it already. It’s auditing, assurance. You already have all they are looking for. You’re a CPA. You are qualified. Your transition to audit will be as easy a walk in the park.

 

You’ll continue to have the same job security but your compensation will reach incredible heights, it will happen eventually, not tomorrow– maybe not immediately, not the first year but eventually it will be.

 

Now, if I were you, I would ask, why, though? It’s still the same technical skills.  you said yes it’s technical but the complexity of that skill isn’t too high to justify an increased salary.

 

Auditing is still under the umbrella of accounting, what changed? Why more salary?

 

Ask yourself:

 

I hope you asked that question. I really hope you asked that question because that would show how carefully you’re reading to me. So, I’d be very happy.

 

What changed is the nature of the client. As you get more experienced, you start handling larger corporate accounts. Not individual accounts anymore.

 

So, revenue generated per hour invested is significantly greater with a Business to Business client versus an individual client. 1,000s are of times higher.

 

That’s where your corporate client skills, your client retention rates, new client acquisition rates all come back to you as added compensation both as salary and added bonus.

 

A bonus is where you make the biggest money. As a CPA for an individual account, individual client, a person how much revenue you can generate is limited.

 

But the revenue you generate as an Auditor for a Corporate client, especially a publicly listed one can be 1,000s of times more. See, same skills, but you just transferred to a peripheral field, a different niche, and now you’re on a completely different trajectory.

 

In fact, if you continue on that route, in a big 4, you can even hit million-dollar bonuses when you become a partner. At least, it’s within the possibilities now. That’s what you want. It never was before. It was impossible before.

 

Client Relationship:

 

Now it’s possible. Another example, you are a tax consultant, working for an employer that gives tax advice to individuals.

 

What you make in that job vs what you make if you were to be working for an employer that gives tax advice to corporate clients is 100s of times different.

 

It won’t be evident immediately in your first years but eventually, once you get to managing those clients, those client relationships, that’s when you start cashing in the big dollars.

 

Relationship pays you:

 

Here’s the great part. This not only increases your salary, dramatically, but it even increases your already high job security. Clients like to deal with the same account representatives.

 

Once you’re in a client-facing capacity in your new audit career, unless you screw up with your performance, it’s very unlikely that your employer will come in to replace you at the risk of potentially losing that client too.

 

That client is worth 10s of millions of dollars if you consider the entire lifetime value, lifetime value of the client. See, with one little move, you jumped from Category C all the way up to Category A.

 

In fact, you are on Category A, fine, but you’re on the trajectory for the category A plus. Category A plus exists and I am going to talk about that soon.

 

That’s when you make 7 figures income, million dollars plus, they exist, and I’ll talk about that soon. I’ll give you one more example. This time for Category D.

 

Difficult Domain:

 

We gave HR as an example of this. Let’s take the same field again, Human Resources and Recruitment. A seemingly impossible field, an impossible job to recover based on what I explained, right?

 

It is possible to recover. It’s not even very difficult. Otherwise, I wouldn’t write this Blog just to get you depressed. A great peripheral, a great niche to transfer to is headhunting.

 

If you don’t know what it means, it’s basically external executive recruitment. Headhunting is still within the umbrella of HR but head-hunters both enjoy job security and increased salary. Head-hunters, the successful ones, do get paid very well and they deserve it.

 

Multiple domain style under one domain:

 

Because, essentially, they are not in recruitment or Human Resources per se. Their careers are in sales. Although it’s not very obvious, they are in sales.

 

They sell their clients on the capabilities of their candidates. Their connection to high-profile talent as well as corporate organizations that are looking for talent is what allows them to deserve really high salaries and commissions.

 

Plus, they are expert salesmen. They are really good at what they do. Because you have to get new corporate clients all the time. So they are good at it. It’s not easy signing a new corporate client. Again, not only increased salary but also increased job security.

 

Performance Suffer:

 

Even job security. Why? I just mentioned this with the audit example. Unless your performance suffers, your employer won’t risk changing a client-facing person with another one.

 

Your performance is something within your control. That’s fair game now. Once again, as I go through this, I want you to think about potential peripherals within the umbrella of your own domain.

 

Pause the Blog because I am speaking a bit fast in this Blog, faster than usual, pause it before I get to the Category A plus. So, think about it, take a break and think about the peripherals you can potentially jump to.

 

Now, I want to talk about the million-dollar-plus per year jobs. They are not unicorns. They exist. There are so many in fact. For me, these are the Category A plus jobs. They are essentially Category A jobs with one difference. We’ll get to that soon.

 

Normal hours impact:

 

It is possible. There is no such thing as 9 to 5 grind, retrace. Those are the terms coined by nonstrategic people, unsuccessful people.

 

They don’t build a career, they don’t invest in their skills, they don’t identify opportunities, they don’t jump to peripherals, they don’t develop transferrable skills, don’t understand what the enablers are for those 6 figures or even 7 figure roles, then they complain about the rat race.

 

You know what, without those abilities tosspot opportunities or create strategies, even if you end up becoming an entrepreneur, you’re still going to fail. You’re going to fail even more miserably. Nothing will change.

 

Think once more:

 

If you don’t make that evaluation now, for some of you, trust me, you’ll do that soon enough but it will probably be too late by then. If you’re below 30, in fact, even below35, the only thing that matters is the track.

 

Are you on the right track? Nothing else matters. Are you on the right track? You want to make sure that when you perform well, that track leads you to a comfortable life. And my friends, it does. There is a very comfortable, very luxurious life at the end of that track.

 

Conclusion:

 

A life where you never have any financial troubles, never fear of losing your job, and that you are surrounded by these amazing people.

 

Amazing colleagues who are intellectual, very smart, and they add to your performance every day, they help you become the best version of yourself, you get paid very well, and that you can afford anything you want. More importantly, you can create the life you want. I think it’s valuable. 

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