Market Me First - The Positive Career and Work Action Plan Market Yourself | Make Money | Be Happy

------------------ In Black and White -------------------------------

Since 2005. Market yourself. Find better work. Make a name. Survive Layoffs. Be successful.


The religion of me?

I heard a moving sermon this past weekend. In it, the speaker lamented about how our society is moving towards a complete focus on "Me-ism". How many times have we seen the bumper sticker - "It's all about me"?

Why is this happening? Are we really that selfish? Are we really so self-absorbed as a society that we have developed, as the speaker said, a religion of Me?

Although there are plenty of selfish and self-centered people in this world, I still have to disagree with the sentiment that everyone and everything has become so self centered. Rather,I think in many ways it is a reaction to our society.

Let me explain. How many times a day do we hear about "community" and "the common good"? How many times do we hear about all of us "making a difference"? Isn't there a similar, strenuous effort on to create a religion of "Us"? A focus on everyone together rather than the strength of the individual? And how many times is the drive to create "Us" made more important and greater than the needs of a single individual?

This web site is not about libertarianism or politics - it is about remaking yourself for your career. And to that end, when was the last time your place of work placed a high premium on "the workplace community" or how your employer could "make a difference in your life"?

Sure, some companies have mission statements to this effect, but more than likely, these same companies have readily cut headcount, salaries, bonuses or benefits when economics dictated. What happened to "community" then?

The reality of life is in the world of work, there is no "Us", there is only "Them" and "You". No company, boss or customer looks out for you and your best interests, only in their own interests - it is the nature of things.

This is not a religion of "Me", but rather a success guide for "Me" which hopefully will result in you not becoming a burden to "Us".

Lucky me

Had a great dinner last night with a client. He made a statement which stuck with me the rest of the night:

"Nothing happens by chance. I have had a number of successes in the past which paid off in more ways than one and none of them were by chance. Never believe that part about 'being in the right place at the right time'; there is no such thing. You were where you were by choice, you considered your options and took action. Everything was due to planning and free will. Take responsibility and take credit for all the good things you have done in your life".

Wow. How many times do we chalk good things up to Luck? Fate? Coincidence?

We beat ourselves up for past mistakes and missed opportunities - but leave good things to happenstance? What is wrong with us.

Take responsibility and credit for all the good things you have done and are doing in your life today.
We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, click here.