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From Impossible To Inevitable by Jason Lemkin, Aaron Ross

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Chapter 20A Reality Check

You're passionate and committed to what you do, which leads you to forget that many others aren't, or that they haven't learned yet how to execute as you do.
And they won't, unless you embrace Functional Ownership.

Dear Executives (From an Employee)

Dear Executives:

I enjoy working for this company. I like the people here, the culture, and I believe in the product!

I want to succeed here—in big ways. And make a name for myself. I want to contribute. I want to grow here and build my career further with you. I want to help the company, but I'm not always sure how.

I frequently get frustrated. It's hard to get time with you to have real conversations. I feel like you don't listen to me or the other employees—we have ideas, too. I've tried to share mine, but after the third time where nothing happened and no one cared or listened, I just gave up.

It's so hard to change anything here (even little things), and I don't know where my career is going with you, or have any confidence you even care about it or me.

In other words, while I make decent money here today, I don't feel valued—and that makes me feel like I don't have a future here. So I am only motivated to do the minimum here to get by, rather than going above and beyond—because, what's the point? I use my extra time reading up on topics like finding dream jobs, starting a business, and online marketing.

I am only motivated to do the minimum here to get by, rather than going above and beyond—because, ...

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