Over the years, you forget people's names and what they did in your company, because at some point you no longer know every single detail of what is going on in the company that you have built.
Being a business owner is a privilege, just like working for good companies. In my day, we were happy to have a job, and that our bosses acknowledged anything we do. I was fortunate that early in my career, I was guided by hard men, but good men. Their leadership definitely rewarded my perfectionist nature, but it also installed in me a work ethic and respect for the work that leaders have to do each day.
If you are starting your career, it's hard to know where to make your mark. Do you become buddies with your colleagues, managers, business owners, boards, clients? There are so many people to navigate, but one thing I know for sure is that it is the impression that you leave on your colleages that will last a lifetime. How you conduct yourself, whether it is what time you turn up to work or your contribution to team projects, that will define you... and one day it may be your biggest reward (or not).
If you do all the small things right, and have a self starting attitude, using common sense along the way, people will respect you. They will want you to be on their team and navigate the next stage in your career.
When you choose to disengage, they remember that too. Try turning up late to work repeatedly... it's a sure sign that others will get pissed off because they put in the work, and you don't. They respect the hours of trade, you don't. You think you deserve to get paid for turning up late, the same as them turning up on time.
Self starters who always roll up their sleeves tend to climb the corporate ladder at a fast pace - and rightly so. They are not looking for direction, and instead use their own innate leadership skills to self-teach, develop and get things done.
If you are looking to fast track your career progression and get the big bucks - don't think the little things don't matter. They do!
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