This post was most recently updated on December 19th, 2016
There are laws for everything on this Earth. There’s a law of gravity, laws for spirituality, laws for even money. But there are also laws for career. A law is any proof that something is destined to work if it acts according to that law. And when we have 80% of people on Earth who doesn’t love their job, isn’t it a nice thing if we get our hands on few laws which are applicable to our careers? After all, that where we spend most of our lives.
Most of people feel lost after selecting a career because it’s a career they have not selected themselves or they have been told to select it by friends or family and by the time they realize it, it’s too late and they have given up hope that they could do something about it. So what are they?
Law 1: Money grows in proportion to value you provide.
I have learned this lesson the hard way. In beginning of my speaking career, I wished someone would hand me a hefty amount of money. But it never happened. After many hard knocks, I learned that I never provided any value to people. I was just working for money. But when I learned it, I started focusing on as much value as I can provide and when people started getting real value from it, money came naturally. It came even though I didn’t ask. In our career also, if we focus on providing value, people will love to provide you their hard earned money.
Law 2: You’ll be dissatisfied in long term if you only focus on money.
Focusing only on money has a big disadvantage. It shifts your attention from doing the work that actually matters. And then you are not able to provide your best at whatever you do. It ultimately costs you the best opportunity you have. My grandfather was always focused on learning more rather than earning more. And in return, he got paid well too and it was the best advice that I ever received from him. “After some point in life, money will not provide you the ultimate happiness. It’s the work you do that will matter most”, he used to say.
Law 3: You only move ahead in your career if you focus on learning more:
And what’s the guarantee that you’ll enjoy your work after few years? If you are a learner, you’ll love your work more than anything else. If you observe most people who are bored with their jobs, they are not learning. They are just taking their life say by day. I had a friend who was complaining about his job and when he learned about this law, he started shifting his focus everyday to learn something new. Slowly, he began to take pride in his work. He always looked forward to working every single day. His life changed completely when he started this new way of learning. Not learning anything new leads to boredom. And you cannot move ahead in boring job.
Law 4: Knowledge grows by compounding and will eventually reward you.
Nothing you learn ever goes in vain. If whatever you do doesn’t reward you immediately, don’t get disappointed. Instead, look for the learning in that pain. There’s always something to learn in every situation. When I had less increment in my job, I thought what I had gained in that job apart from money. I was amazed at the things I gained apart from money. Contacts, deeper friendships, other skills needed for better future. And while learning from more elder persons, it was clear that the knowledge you gain today will eventually pay you off sooner or later.
Law 5: The more successful people you surround yourself with, the more rewarding your career will be.
There’s a great Jim Rohn quote that says,
“You are the average of 5 people you spend the time with”.
You become who you associate with. If you join 5 people who complain, you’ll be the sixth complaining. If you join with 5 losers, you’ll be sixth. If you join with 5 successful people, you’ll be sixth. When you associate with good people, you slowly mimic their behavior and this is the reason you become one you associate with.
Study career of any successful person and you’ll notice these five laws in their life. Keep these laws in mind when you are in doubt about your career.
This article first appeared on Lifehack.
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