To work for the boss or be the boss, that is the question. As the work environment continues to shift with the changes in demand, preference, and technology, measuring the value of your time, skills, and opportunity is updating as frequently as your favorite smart phone software. So, what should be your main priority? Connecting the dots. Let’s talk about it.
The notion that if you do not focus on building your dream, someone will hire you to build theirs is true, to an extent. You can learn how to leverage both transitions. When you are working for or with someone else, you can pick up a lot of skills, contacts, and indirect mentors while assisting their goal. Depending on your personality, this can be easy or daunting. The key is not to get lost. Always connect the dots between what you are doing now to where you want to be.
The timing in how long you need to connect the dots and when you feel you are where you want to be varies. Life does have a sense of humor and you will always be the focus of the joke. Maybe that perceived dead end is where the open door is located, if you just turned on the light. Just keep reminding yourself to stay active. But also release control. I will admit that I have the challenge of holding on to things for the sake of committing to finish it and letting go of things for the sake of avoiding rejection. Promise, I’m working on it.
As you maintain that focus, the dots become clearer to connect. If you can honestly say you have been doing the work…the real work…consistently, then there is no reason to doubt or be anxious about where you are right now. You are probably doing better than you realize.
Now, what about the future of the office space. Well, according to this Medium article co-working spaces, official and unofficial, are the future for office space. Apparently, by the year 2030, over half of the workforce will be freelance in some way. Can you believe that is almost only 10 years! What does this mean? Flexibility is key. I find this really fascinating because it encourages us to refocus how we measure our value. My work or contributions are not based on a desk. They are based on my brilliance. A project or job can transform into a career with multiple branches connecting multiple industries. This really pushes us to think outside of the box. The career you are building now possibly did not exist 10 years ago and might look very different 10 years from now. Embrace it.
I will admit that I learned all of this as I was experiencing it. With all the books I have read and advice I have listened to, I feel the main thing that has kept me showing up is having faith that what is for me will not pass me. Your attitude makes the difference. How are you navigating your career? Do you have any tips to add? Share with me in the comments. We can all learn from each other.