The Significance of Paying Your Dues & Staying Motivated

We’ve all heard of unbelievable stories of people who witnessed overnight success in their careers, but as inspirational as those stores are, they are rare.

Most people will have to work like a soldier for a few years before they start making strides in their careers. You may be in your dream career, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be expected to pay your dues.

Paying Your Dues

The idea is simple—if you want to achieve something, you’ll have to put in the work.

Nobody gets anywhere without working for it. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you deserve better when you don’t have the work to prove it.

Everyone has got to start somewhere. Once you prove yourself, your career should find momentum and you will eventually find success.

Here’s the significance of paying your dues:

Learning a little something from everything

Employees at entry-level jobs often find themselves running errands for their managers, but no matter how menial the task is, there’s always something to learn.

Cleaning up the storage room may teach you to organize. You’ll learn to pay attention to detail when your manager sends you downstairs to get breakfast every morning.

Even if you’re sitting at a meeting in which you have nothing to offer, you’re still listening to important conversations. In the initial phase of your career, you may not be doing much, but finding takeaways in every task will make you a better worker and help you stay motivated.

Take initiative

The early years of your career are all about proving yourself. The job may be tedious and the tasks may be menial, but if you prove yourself, you can always demand more.

The job description you’ve been given on the first day of work is the bare minimum of what you should be doing.

Good employees do everything they were asked to do; great employees exceed expectations and let their employers know they are capable of handling much more!

Don’t be just another employee; make yourself an essential contributing member of the company!

Put aside your ego

Throughout your career, you’ll be forced to work with difficult personalities. You may not agree with your boss, but you’ll have to follow their orders.

For entry-level jobs, you have to leave your ego at the door and tell yourself that you’re at the company for a purpose. As a beginner, you’re expected to buy into your manager’s agenda; keeping them satisfied with your work brings you one step closer to your goals.

Paying your dues isn’t enjoyable, and there will be times when you will struggle to stay motivated.

Remind yourself that this is just the beginning and that if you put in the effort, you will find positive results soon.

If you’re in need of some motivation, check out inspirational speaker Steve Rizzo’s books Motivate THIS! and Get Your SHIFT Together. Steve Rizzo is a member of the NSA Speaker Hall of Fame, and his work has been noted by the greatest business leaders of the country.

Hire him as a keynote speaker for your next corporate event to experience his life-changing inspirational values in person! Contact his team at (855) 841-9255 or (724) 540-5092 for bookings.

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