Although ghost writers are actually a job title,
- a person whose job it is to write material for someone else who is the named author;
this post is about not being a ghost contributor for someone else’s dreams. There’s nothing wrong with being part of a company that is making a difference and dominating its market, but there is something to be said for working hard for someone and not reaping benefits from it that can be attributed to propelling your future. Being a ghost writer is a career in which there is a lucrative market for it. Being a ghost contributor without receiving credit or having the ability to add accomplishments to your resume as a contributor to another’s success, however, is unacceptable–and definitely not a desirable job title. Don’t get caught up building someone else’s dream when you clearly have the talent and drive to succeed with your own.Don't get caught up building someone else's dream when you can build your own. Click To Tweet
Often times we are so caught up in racking up “sweat equity” that we are not compensated appropriately for our hard work. There is a fine line between learning from the best to gain knowledge that can be attributed to future plans versus working for someone else in an attempt to gain knowledge but overworked for nothing. If you’re not learning, there’s no point in being there. Correction: we learn no matter who we work for. However if you are no longer learning and there is no room for growth, it’s time to be honest with yourself and look to other ventures that are more profitable for your future.
The truth is, at the end of the day, everyone is looking out for themselves. Your boss may care about you professionally and personally, but if you are not contributing to the company any longer, your value decreases.
No hard feelings, just the game of business.
So make sure to prioritize your time right and don’t let instant gratification and short term desires cloud your visions of the future. There’s no such thing as grandeur delusions when it comes to what you can accomplish when passion, persistency and faith is involved.
Now I’m not saying to abandon those who have helped you up when you needed the opportunity to showcase your skills and give you the chance to improve on them. That’s not what I’m saying at all. But you have to understand when to move on from something to be able to grow. If you are the type of person who has ambition and goals bigger than life, there’s nothing wrong with admitting that you’ve outgrown your place. It just has to be done with professionalism. If you are currently in a place where you are getting paid peanuts but receiving valuable lessons from a master of a craft you are trying to learn, then your stay is justified. If your boss is taking you under their wing and they are successful individuals in their respected field, soak up all the information that you can. Put in that sweat equity because that is far valuable than paper monies. Now, if you’ve outgrown your mentor, if you’ve surpassed them in knowledge and execution of your craft and have specifically communicated why you should be promoted or become a partner and have definitely put in your time, yet they still refuse to acknowledge your growth, then it is time to part ways.
A true leader will want their subordinates to flourish. In business, employees are the lifeblood of a corporation. A company’s biggest assets are its people; the happier and more successful they are, the more successful the company is.
There is a direct correlation between the lifespan of a company to its turnover rate.
So if you find yourself contributing a massive amount of your time, energy and life to the success of another without seeing a future or even holding a stake in that business, it’s time to go.
Think of it this way, would you rather work 80 hours a week for someone who no longer teaches you anything but expects you to do work with little compensation or for yourself or another company that is willing to invest in your future for a better and larger payout?
It’s all about perception and in my personal opinion, being a ghost contributor in exchange for just a quick buck is not worth your soul. Unless your aiming to be a ghost writer, don’t live in someone else’s shadow. Everyone has the ability to make their dreams a reality. Learn from the best then utilize that knowledge to propel yourself further. However, never forget those who aided in your journey. Just don’t let anyone stifle your progress or your ability to climb the ladder and become prosperous in your desired career. You have every right, just like the rest of the world, to accomplish great endeavors and create the future you envisioned for yourself.
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