The cream rises to the top is a quote about milk.
When I was 9 years old my Dad took me to the barn and taught me how to milk the family cow. Once I learned, it was my lot in life to milk that cow twice a day every day. At least until one of my brothers got old enough to take a turn too. When you are done milking, the milk in the bucket is homogeneous. What we did after a milking was to strain the milk through a cloth into a glass jar and refrigerate it. The next day, after the milk had cooled, the cream had separated and risen to the top of the jar. There was a definite line where the milk and the cream met. We usually skimmed off the cream for cooking and used the milk for drinking.
The cream rises to the top is a quote about milk, but it applies to a great many other things. The subject I want to discuss here is concerning work ethic, and success in business and in life.
Can you remember working for a company where some of the employees were more motivated than others? Have you ever considered what kind of employee you are? In any business with employees, there is a wide spectrum of motivation among the people who work in that business.
Have you ever had a job that you didn’t like? Most of us have. Maybe you didn’t like the hours, the job was boring, or the work monotonous. Perhaps you were under-utilized. Or, you might have been swamped, without enough time to do your work effectively. You may have had to deal directly with rude or angry customers, or had a supervisor that you had trouble getting along with. Maybe you were the supervisor, and had to deal with difficult employees.
You might have been in a job that put a lot of pressure on you, which increased your stress level. Whatever the reason, it’s true that a lot of people are not in a job that they love. In fact, I think it’s kind of rare to be working in a job that you love. Can you succeed even if you don’t like your work? Of course you can. A lot of people do, every day.
Have you ever been “Employee of the Month?”
Lots of companies reward successful employees with recognition, and sometimes compensation for outstanding work. You get your picture on the wall, maybe extra time off or some form of bonus for your good work. It’s a nice little benefit. Employee of the Month is an example of the cream rising to the top. Sometimes, though, being “Employee of the Month” can be a two-edged sword.
The benefits and recognition are nice. Any bonus or other reward is nice too.
Here’s the problem with being the “go-to” person for getting things done – you get more things to do. It’s only natural for employers, once they realize that they have someone working for them that can be relied on to do good work, to get things done and done right, that they tend to rely more and more on that employee. That usually means increased workload.
Naturally that should mean greater compensation and a higher ranking job, too. It has been my experience in life and in work that when people are relied upon all the time because they have shown that they CAN be relied on, others are skipped over and all the “important” work is given to the reliable guy. And that can burn the reliable guy out. I have seen it happen.
All of a sudden the person that everyone has been relying on to “get’er done” reaches a burnout point, and when that happens, things can come to a screeching halt.
Is it worth it to always do your best?
That seem like a no-brainer. Of course, you say. Well, the self-starters and the people with pride and a strong work ethic say that, anyway. What if you are being paid the same as the lazy guy at the next desk who does just enough to get by? You work twice as hard and get paid the same. Where’s the fairness in that?
After a while you might wonder what’s wrong with the other guy for not getting busy, and then you might think that it’s not worth it for you to work so hard when you could just get by too. The problem here is that if YOU start to slack off because you know you can and still get paid, you start to lose the very thing that makes you the cream, that helps you rise to the top!
If you own your own business, you are always “Employee of the Month.”
If you are the boss, you have no one else to blame for failure, and no one else to blame for your success either. Becoming an entrepreneur is a solid way for an employee who feels unhappy at work to break out of the cage and fly!
It takes a certain kind of individual to succeed as a business owner. That person must be able ot organize his or her time, self-motivate, focus, and rise above setbacks and even failure, to pick himself, or herself, up and get going again. A busines owner must have faith in himself and his work.
Do you think that you are the kind of person who can succeed in business?
If you are, what’s holding you back? Here’s my personal experience – I always wanted to own my own business but I worked for someone else for 40 years anyway. It’s hard to give up a steady income, even if it’s not going to make you rich. It’s hard to give up the benefits too, like health insurance. I finally retired, and in my search for increased income during my retirement, the first thing I decided was that I wasn’t going to work for someone else all over again. This time I was going to work for myself.
To me, an online business was the obvious choice. I think it offers the greatest chance for a good income for the work. I didn’t want a store with a street address, because then I would have to go to work at my store, and my time would be regimented again. I didn’t want to be at the beck and call of my customers. I wanted to have a business that would work for me even when I was taking a vacation, and a business that wasn’t limited to certain hours of the day or a certain location. I wanted passive income.
Have you ever shopped for a car?
If you need or want a new car, or a new-to-you car, what do you do? Me, I search online for one, I look at dealerships, and I shop around until I find the car that I want. Then what? Do you keep on looking once you have found your car? I don’t. What’s the point of that?
It’s the same thing with finding the right online opportunity. That almost sounds like a scam, doesn’t it? “Online Opportunity.” You have to be careful and not pick a lemon. What I looked for was a business that was in the business of helping online entrepreneurs succeed. I was looking for a place that could give me all the training and support I needed, and at a reasonable cost. I didn’t expect it to be free. What business can succeed if it’s products are all free?
The place I found is an online business training center, or business university, called Wealthy Affiliate. It’s not a lemon, it’s the real deal. It’s a community of people who are all trying to succeed at business online, and who help each other when help is needed. It’s an online platform with excellent training on how to get your website up and running, and how to attract visitors (customers) to your online place of business, and how to make sales. It’s the first place I have found that has all the tools that I need to succeed. And like buying that car, once I found it, I stopped looking and bought.
Disclosure: The FTC requires bloggers to notify their readers that by clicking on an affiliate link and purchasing a product, the blogger will earn a commission. To me, that’s the natural order of things, and the way thing should be.
Is it time for you to jump in?
So, if you’ve been wanting to take the plunge and become an online business owner, why not START NOW? Check out Wealthy Affiliate. They actually let you start for free. You can work the free side for as long as you want. You’ll find, though, that it just makes sense to upgrade and get all that amazing training. You’ll succeed that much faster!
Another nice thing about starting your own online business is that you don’t have to quit your day job! You can do both, and once your business is as successful as you want it to be, then you can say goodbye to your old boss.
If you’d like to read my Wealthy Affiliate review, and gain some insight into how I got to where I am now, you can find it here.
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