According to the MIO*, 85% of millennials feel like they are not making an impact at work.
*Millennial Impact Organization
Note: Yes, the Millennial Impact Organization is made-up. Sadly, the problem is not.
I read a lot about thriving entrepreneurs, superstars, and CEOs. I hear about them from my friends. We all see them on TV. They are the ones who went against the grain and created something new. Something that made the world a better place. How inspiring!
As you can imagine, I can’t wait to get there. And, as I imagine you, you can’t wait to get there, as well. You’re smart, you have the ideas, and you have the potential. You don’t have the time to waste on a low-level job and you’re ready to change the world!
This post is about time:
Making an impact takes time. It’s hard, annoying, and yes, ultimately rewarding.
The old me had a problem. He was never at peace with his job.
The job was not fulfilling enough.
He didn’t make a difference with his work.
So, what did he do? He found an even better offer! He switched to a better paying and more fulfilling job… in theory.
But what actually happened? The same thing; the same problems.
It took past me a couple of years to realize his impatience. It took him several years to realize that changing the world takes time.
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It’s time to help you change the world.
Changing the World
I have to tell you something. It’s hard to swallow, though. Brace yourself, because it’s hard to swallow.
You’re not ready to change the world.
Preposterous! That punk, Jordan, who doesn’t even know my name, is telling me what I can do?
Well, yeah. I’ve been where you are and it all looks so easy. But it’s not… and it is.
How to change the world
To make an impact so big that it changes the world, you’ll need a few things:
- Team (earning their trust)
Let’s tackle all of those, one by one.
I’m sure, you’re intelligent, already. This is to share with your friends.
The way you become smarter is to get more done. You need more reading, working, failing, and so on and you’ll become truly intelligent.
But what if you are not intelligent at all? If you just don’t have the genes for it, go read Carol Dweck’s “Mindset” book. In short, it’s all about your mindset. Cheesy but useful – think you can be more intelligent and you’ll be more intelligent.
So, you’ll need time to actually get there.
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Think about the bond you have with your best friend. It’s likely you’ve known them forever. So long, you can’t remember how long.
Now, think about your job. No, Timmy, stop running away! How well do you know your team?
No matter where you are, you need a team to build your vision. Your team helps you build, helps you know, and motivates you to continue working. A good team does.
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So, even if you’re not a superstar CEO, the one thing that will help you make a real impact in your company is your team.
Build strong bonds with your team and you’ll have:
- More referrals
- Future entrepreneurial partners
- New Friends
But how to get from just colleagues to a team?
Simple. The same way you did with your best friend. You put time and effort into it.
Again, we end with time. You need time to build a team. You need time to build a following.
You’re on a new job. You have your new desk, new computer, the new weird lady at reception. Awesome!
How much do you get done that week? How much do you get done that month?
Not much. You are the best accountant, programmer, or concept artist, yes. But, you’re still just a whelp at your new company and there’s a lot to learn about that.
We jump forward in time. It’s your first year! How much do you get done that month?
Quite a lot more, actually. You know the place and people pretty well, you’re used to the job and the process. You’re doing your job brilliantly well and you’ve got momentum.
Once again, we go forward. It’s your second year, now. What’s happening with your impact?
Now, it’s even bigger. Not only you’re amazing at your job, you have a bunch of people who trust and help you. Your voice is heard at meetings and you can feel how important are you. Great!
The more you work, the bigger your momentum. More work under your belt, more people on your side, and better confidence in your skills. And, yes, building momentum takes time.
Make an impact!
As you’ve seen, all of those things take time and patience. To make an impact, you need to invest a lot of time into building yourself and the people around you.
Your job will not only teach you how to do that but also lay the foundation for your development. It will increase your social standing, confidence, and skills all at the same time. It can even connect you with the best people for your team.
What does that mean for you?
Don’t hurry to quit your job after a few months of “I’m not making an impact”. Really think about why you’re looking to change. If it’s just the lack of impact then don’t do it. Stay long enough to see your work affecting the lives of others. Learn how time magnifies every little thing you do until everyone sees it.
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