In yesterday’s post I asked about having a job you don’t really love, and when we find our assignment. Interesting subject…
I believe your assignment is not really a decision you reach, but a discovery you make. Which leads us to the issue of what you should do until you discover your assignment…
I think there is nothing wrong with working a job until you get the money you need to start your own business, or get experience for a better one, or even till you discover what you are meant to do.
If that’s the case, I believe you should stay at your job, and be the best employee you can possibly be. Do extra work, come in a few minutes early and do even more than is required.
Doing so creates a disciple and work ethic that will serve you well later in life. It also expands your consciousness and opens you up to attract and recognize your assignment when it arrives.
In “The Master Key to Riches,” Napoleon Hill lists going the extra mile as one of the 17 principles necessary for becoming wealthy. Here’s what Emerson said in his amazing essay on compensation: “If you serve an ungrateful master, serve him the more. Put God in your debt. Every stroke shall be repaid. The longer the payment is withholden, the better for you; for compound interest on compound interest is the rate and usage of this exchequer.”
Let’s go even deeper…
You could make the argument that the most profitable time you devote to labor is when you’re not getting compensated in financial measure for it initially. Here’s why:
You actually get paid two ways: First through your salary. And second through the skills that you are developing. For those skills can help you earn more for the rest of your life.
Remember that when Carnegie offered Napoleon Hill the opportunity to learn his wealth building philosophy, he paid him nothing. Yet Hill went on to earn millions of dollars (back when millions of dollars was a lot of money) from what he learned in the experience.
If I have learned anything in my study of prosperity it is this: You can’t out give the universe. What you send out comes back to you in multiples. And this applies in all areas, even the work you do. The skills you develop and the experience you earn, along with the fact that ultimately you’ll be rewarded in multiples of what you send out all are the compound interest on compound interest that Emerson described.
Does that mean you should be exploited in a dead-end job for meager wages forever? No. But it does mean that if you provide your employer with more value than you receive, you will attract higher wages or a better job along the way, provided you are open to receiving it. And that gets you one step closer to discovering your assignment. Which is where we’ll pick up next time.
A few questions for thought…
Do you now do your work with joy? If not, what could you do to make that possible? If you do not work with joy, and you don’t think that it is possible where you are now employed, what did you do to cause that situation to come into being?
And what can you do about it?