wa nte d
The pleasure always comes last. The pain
Ask yourself, ‘What am I prepared to sacrifice to
protect my job and take my career further forward?’
(NB Never sacrifice safety, hygiene or morality.) The
pleasures you give up are your ‘sacrifice’.
Little can be achieved in life without
sacrificing something pleasurable.
Marathon athletes make considerable
sacrifices to achieve their ambition.
Instead of lying in bed they take long
runs. This is synonymous with long-
term career progression. The pain is
always front-end loaded with the benefit attained on comple-
tion. It can never be the other way round.
To become wanted by any organisation you have to do more
than your competitors. This means sacrificing the television and
many of the comforts indulged in at home. It might even mean
less time with your family.
Inevitably this brings serious conflicts along the scale of the
now fashionable ‘work–life balance’. The harsh reality of life is
that those who make sacrifices and work harder than the rest
will triumph over those who relapse into comfort zones and put
in fewer hours.
No matter how much you try you cannot progress your career on
a 35-hour working week. The trick, as stated in Chapter 1, is to
fall in love with your work such that it is fun and you are pre-
pared to sacrifice other indulgences in favour of dedicating
extra hours working hard at things you love doing. Gardening
There is no gain
might be hard work, but those who love it are prepared to under-
take the arduous tasks of weeding and pruning in order to
achieve immense beauty.
When it comes to those critical moments in your career, when
prospective employers have to make choices, their inclination
will always be to select candidates who have made sacrifices to
be where they are. It’s called ‘putting yourself out for the com-
pany’ and is the reverse of the ‘9–5’ mentality.
Whether you are an ambitious 18-year-old
student or a 50-year-old just made redundant
you will need to face the reality that sacrifices
have to be made in pursuit of your long-term
career goals. It might mean earning less to
begin with, or putting in extra hours of study,
or living away from your family for an
extended period. Nothing is easy in life – and
people who believe otherwise delude them-
selves. Be prepared to make sacrifices if you
want to progress your career.
PRA C T I CA L TI P S
Watching a lot of television will do you little good. Sacrifice
viewing and spend the time more productively in pursuit of
your career goals.
Be prepared to be lonely as you travel towards your
Do not make a large salary your highest priority. There
might be more noble objectives in becoming ‘wanted’.
Think twice before choosing the easiest and most
qu e st i on
What are you
give up to
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