Like many of us when I started my job, I followed what was being told by my boss or anyone with a higher authority title and function on how they wanted any task to be accomplished. We are used to performing within the restricted area and didn’t bother much about the outcome.
I have realized that since the day we started looking out for a job right after our 13 or 14 years of education we have become addicted to Job Titles. We have become very fascinated by those labels that describe who we are and feel pride when introducing ourselves to others as “Senior Manager in Learning and Development.” “Sales Director.” “Associate VP in Research and Development.”
After a few years in corporate, I have realized that what helps you stand out from the competition is the value that you deliver and not the position that you hold. The value derives from the skills you are great at.
The moment you stop being afraid of loss is when you start delivering more than what is expected from you. The day you start taking ownership you will realize that you are working for yourself and not for anyone else.
I believe everyone has superpowers (skills they are great at) but nobody uses them to the max. We intend to find an excuse by interpreting that my boss has not instructed to use the skills that we have, or my Job position doesn’t allow me to use that.
Once you start taking control you will realize that to increase your success and happiness at work, focused on your skills instead. That’s the best way to get yourself noted.
When you stop complaining about missing authority, you will be more focused on achieving rather than waiting for someone telling you what to do and what not. Be responsible & accountable and success will follow your way.