When are you going to start acting like it?
The idea that you are a faceless cog in a benevolent system that cares about you and can’t tell particularly whether you are worth a day’s pay or not, is, like it or not, over.
In the long run, we’re all dead. In the medium-long run, though, we’re all self-employed. In the medium-long run, the decisions and actions we take each day determine what we’ll be doing next.
And yet, it’s so easy to revert to, “I just work here.”
Like most things I read, my mind starts to think. Yes, I know that’s dangerous. In a few words, Seth reinforces something that we all know already…we are responsible for making the most of what is given to us. No other person can really determine our future except us. Our future is in our hands.
It’s easy for me to feel like the “faceless cog” Seth mentions in his post, especially working in such a large company like General Motors. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. For example, most of you know how passionate I am about the internet, technology and especially the social web. Although I don’t have responsibility for it at work, I’ve made it my hobby and brought it into my everyday life through my Twitter feed, Facebook, and this blog. The work has paid off. I’ve made some great connections with people in the social web community, been recognized as knowledgeable in the space by my peers and recently guest blogged on my friend Gini Dietrich‘s blog, Spin Sucks. Other opportunities to guest blog have recently come and I plan to take advantage of those too.
My point in all of this is that the Social Web gives you a voice when you may have thought you don’t have one. Networking, building relationships, providing value, etc. are ways you can build your own community. The challenge is being patient enough to build your community and look for those opportunities to do what you love and are passionate about.
“If you build it, they will come.” It’s in your hands.