February 28th 2019 is a pretty significant day for me as it represents one (1) year that I left a very comfortable, very successful job at a major corporate entity to be on my own. When I first made the announcement January 31st 2018, I remember most people didn't believe me, I almost didn't believe it myself. But, the resignation was submitted, my seniors and colleagues called to asked me if I was sure I wanted to make this move, and each time with a deep swallow and anxiety I said..."yeah I'm sure".
Quote: Mentally, within the last 5-7 years, I was no longer an employee
Fast forward to today as I look back at it now, I can't help but smile at the irony of the change in thought over the last 12 months. I once wondered "what's gonna happen if I make the move" where as today I wonder "what would have happened if I didn't?" It all came down to a decision and then conscientiously putting real action behind that decision. But, there is one thing that I realised that even though I worked with these companies for all these years. When I look back at the last five (5) to seven (7) years before leaving, mentally, I was no longer an employee.
As strange as that may sound, when I reflect I realise that that I've been conditioning myself and others have been conditioning me towards this point. That conditioning is what got me here but at the same time it's what got me all of those promotions and job offers as well.
Quote: You're more than just an employee
To be a bit clearer, when I say "lose the employee mindset for growth" I mean don't just think of yourself as an employee. Each person serves a bigger purpose within an organisation. Whether that purpose is openly/clearly communicated within the organisation or not, you represent something bigger. When I first started sales in the automotive industry, it was made very clear to me that I was part of something bigger. I wasn't just selling a car, I was helping someone realise a dream or delivering to them a tool so they can do their job.
When I became a sales manager/team leader, I realised that I was responsible for people and their success, the companies success, etc. I always saw my role as more than I initially signed up for and that helped me standout and grow as an employee and now as an entrepreneur.
Quote: Start thinking like it's your business or about your business
This level of thinking helped me standout, it helped me grow within the organisation and most importantly it helped me see myself at this present stage in my life. Whether you decide to be stay and grow within your company it's important to understand that losing the employee mindset and thinking of your role as bigger that that is a key to you personal and professional growth.