Updated: Oct 27, 2020
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".
Mentally, within the last 5-7 years, I was no longer an employee
Fast forward to today as I look back, 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?"
Whereas 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 realized while looking back at the last five (5) to seven (7) years before leaving. Even though I worked with these companies for all these years, mentally, I was no longer an employee.
As strange as that may sound when I reflect, I realize that I've been conditioning myself 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 organization. Whether that purpose is openly/clearly communicated within the organization 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 realize a dream or delivering to them a tool so they can do their job.
When I became a sales manager/team leader, I realized that I was responsible for people and the company's success. I've always seen my role as more than I initially signed up for and that helped me stand out and grow as an employee and now as an entrepreneur/business owner
Start thinking like it's your business or about your business
This level of thinking helped me stand out, it helped me grow within the organization, and most importantly it helped me see myself at this present stage in my life.
Whether you decide to stay and grow within your company, it's important to understand that losing the employee mindset and thinking of your role as bigger than that is a key to your personal and professional growth.