Showing Up

by JD on December 4, 2012

Showing up sometimes is the most important thing you can do for your career and your finances. As an example, I was talking with a young lady in her early twenties – she is an assistant manager at a local store. How did she get her position at such a young age and after only two years on the job? She showed up. In this industry, turnover is high and they use a lot of young people, who unfortunately are not committed to work. She came, she stayed, and she got promoted. She told me that so many of her peers who work there just call off at the last minute, are not dependable. She is not a star in her field, but she is dependable and shows up. That counted for a lot when it was time to fill a position.

The same thing has happened to me on numerous occasions. When I was unemployed during a recession in the 1980’s, I worked for Kelly Temporary services to help bring in income. After several jobs, I began getting better and better temporary assignments. Why? I showed up on time and stayed until the end of the job, whether it was for a few hours or a few days. That made me one of their best employees! So I got the best assignments.

If you want to help your career and your finances, showing up is half the battle.

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