GOOD EMPLOYEES QUIT OR CAREER EMPLOYEES ARE MEDIOCRE
Good employees quit because they value themselves. Companies are chock full of employees who span the gamut of experience, intelligence, and goals. Some employees are happy to just have a job and get a paycheck while others are looking for a challenge, something to stretch their minds and test their abilities. Most employees like the steady paycheck, get married, have kids, and get a mortgage – all the stuff the company wants its employees to do. Why? Because when an employee does these things it solidifies the company as the employee’s owner/God.
However, sometimes, the company hires an employee who just doesn’t fit in. Chances are you know the type of person I’m talking about – the employee who asks questions, who questions authority, who sees through all the bullshit, who doesn’t play the political passive aggressive games, and who calls it like they see it. This post is for those who think they may fall into this category.
Before we get into the meaty details, let me first define a good employee. A good employee is a person who has real world skills (computer programming, web development, sales ability, design, writing, deal making, and resourcefulness). Real world skills are skills that can be used in the real non-insulated corporate world to make money. Can you imagine a middle manager at a big company being thrown into the real world with the task of creating a company and making money? I imagine that once the middle manager is thrown out of the insulated company, the manager won’t know what to do. Why? Because reading reports and looking over spreadsheets for company jargon isn’t a real world skill. It’s only purpose remains within the company. How many businesses are there that specialize in reading reports anyways? Frickin zero. Why? Because it’s simply not a valuable skill to have.
My point is this – employees of companies who have no real world skills are trapped in a jail from which there is no escape. The goal then is to develop real world skills as quickly as possible. Good employees by definition have these skills and are voted most likely to quit, start a company(s), and become millionaires. **Note** your company may offer trainings and leadership courses but please see these for what they are – a waste of your time which would be better spent learning a real world valuable skill.
The logic behind this is rock solid. So without further ado, let’s look at what makes a good employee. A good employee in the quitting the corporate life and becoming a millionaire sense.
- Good employees refuse to play political games for the rest of their lives. And why would they want to? Good employees as defined have real world options. Real world options mean the good employee will consider many business ideas all at once. So while the passive aggressiveness and manipulations in the workplace are going on, the good employee will silently contemplate various exit strategies that require real world skills. The good employee places a value on their life and on their abilities. Thus, the good employee quickly realizes they are better than and above the petty office environment and as such will design an exit strategy promptly.
- Good employees refuse to have ceilings on their income. Good employees as described above value themselves and their abilities. Since this is the case, the good employee quickly realizes they are worth more outside the company than working like a rat inside the company. In other words the good employee realizes they can make more money utilizing their real world skills in the REAL WORLD not in the insulated company environment. The good employee asks themselves the question, “does anyone or any company value someone that can read spreadsheets and format reports good”? The answer is the real world could care less about a person with these abilities. Definitely not enough to make a good living and earn freedom that’s for certain.
- Refuse to bow down to someone mediocre (boss). Good employees also quickly realize their career minded middle manager bos isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. And why would they be? Chances are this middle manager has made the tough choice to try their luck at being a career employee thus entrusting their future to the company. Why would the manager choose this? Because the manager has no real world skills that could serve to make money in the real world. And yet, this boss gives orders and commands to the good employee. For those who don’t believe that manipulation exists in the workplace can’t you see the contradiction here – a good employee serving a mediocre boss. Do you honestly think the mediocre boss is going to play nice with the good employee? Nothing could be further from the truth!
- Refuse to spend the best/rest of their lives in a cubicle. Pop quiz – who wants to spend the best days/years of their life living and working in a cubicle? Not anyone that is sane – that much is certain. Good employees will be the first to refuse to live the best years of their life in a cubicle. And when I say best years of their life, I mean ages 28-60, you know the most important years of anyone’s life that include getting married, having kids, buying a house, and doing all of the things more important than sitting at a cubicle reading reports. As described above, the good employee values themselves and their abilities and so it is a small thing for the good employee to refuse to spend their life in this manner. The good employee will look at their time as a priceless commodity which serves to make the good employee devise ways on how to exit the false corporate world.
- Good employees want to engage their brains and abilities to the fullest extent possible. How can you fully engage your brain reading stupid reports and typing numbers on a spreadsheet? “Oh my gosh honey, a new Excel Spreadsheet guidebook just got released on Amazon, I think I need to learn some new formulas for work!”. Ok, I’ll stop with making fun, but the point remains, this is just ignorant. Nobody fully engages their mind doing this type of shit. When I say fully engage I’m talking about something like coming up with an idea, planning it all out, designing the website, developing the website, setting up the business framework, getting logos, setting up all social media, making networking connections. What I’m talking about is the difference between simple work versus creating something that has never existed before. It’s easy to do the same job day in and day out. But it’s quite another thing to create something from scratch, something that hasn’t existed before. Now you tell me, which engages your abilities more? For a good employee the choice is easy.
- Know they are worth more than what the company pays them. A good employee will constantly be thinking about how much money they could be making if they were working for themselves rather than the company. A good employee while being employed at the company will constantly be improving themselves. And I don’t mean by getting an MBA, JD, or graduate engineering degree. There comes a point where school education doesn’t matter anymore. And if you have a college degree, that’s all you need. Anything more and you’re splitting hairs. No offense if you have a grad degree. I have a law degree and I think it’s one of the most useless things ever. What I’m talking about is the good employee by their very nature will be curious and eager to learn. The good employee will read a lot on a wide variety of subjects and thus improve their ability to see the world and the major trends underlying reality. This serves to put the good employee in a position to make money off their hard earned knowledge in the real world.
Two more things I want you to consider (1) if what I’m saying is true, then chances are the majority of employees at companies are mediocre (because the good one’s will sooner or later quit) and (2) How fair is it that a good employee who is more knowledgeable, intelligent, and better gets paid the same as an idiot for doing the same job? Alas, this is reality and to the company it is fair. Why? Didn’t you know, to the company you are just a number.