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Do You Have Ownership of Your Career?

August 20th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments
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There is nothing worse than the feeling of being out of control in our lives.  That feeling when someone, or something, has so much control over us that we are no longer free.  We don’t want our government, our job, or our relationships with other people to take our freedom away.

People enjoy the feeling that they have ownership in their job or career.  Many people are attracted to starting their own business because they have a desire for more ownership in their lives.  Starting a business comes with many distractions.  There is the freedom to do just as we wish because we own the company.  That presents the challenge of disciplining ourselves to do the work that it takes to get the job done.  We have the freedom, but it comes with responsibility.

Some folks are afraid to take the leap into business ownership.  I have heard people say they need structure, because they aren’t a self starter.  The freedom scares them.  They would be leaving the security of guaranteed income and benefits to start something new.  Even though, their job security may only be as secure as their boss’ next mood change.

A job or career, without the feeling of ownership, is similar to having a car given to you as a teenager.  My husband and I always provided our children with their first car.  In the case of our youngest son, it was something he expected to happen and he didn’t value it.  Before the car was 6 month old, he had rolled it doing something stupid.  The next car was on him.  He had to take the school bus every morning to school. He was back to being chauffeured to his job by his parents.  His freedom was severely curtailed.  He worked hard to earn the money for his next car. He took much better care of car #2. He learned a lesson and so did we.

When we invest ourselves into something and are held accountable for what we personally have put into it, we have a feeling of ownership.  We, as leaders of people, need to understand this principal of ownership.  Making people responsible for the outcome.  Evaluating that outcome, in a measurable way, gives them a sense of ownership of their job.  Increased income, more freedom, responsibility by accountability, praise, and recognition for a job well done will help give them the ownership so many people desire.

Feelings of fulfillment and ownership brings the feelings of having more control over our own lives.  More feelings of control in our lives leads to more fulfillment and ownership.  The cycle continues….

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