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61. Don't be afraid to do
the job your way.
The first rule about having a job is not to do anything to lose it.
That's why we follow rules, do the work we are assigned, and do it
the way we're told. Well, that's the conventional wisdom, anyway.
But the world inches along mainly thanks to those who go beyond
General George Patton
said, "Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do
and they will surprise you with their ingenuity."
It behooves both employers
and workers to consider Patton's words; but especially workers. When
you accept a job and allow your employer to tell you how to do it,
you're not doing the job. He is.
When you do a job your
way, you risk getting fired. And that's as it should be. Because if
your way isn't good enough to keep you employed, it isn't good
enough, period. If you can do the job and do it better than anyone
else, including the employer, then you're worth a lot. You deserve
to keep the job. You may even be worth a promotion and a raise.
Doing the job your way
raises two risks. First, you risk learning that you're not as good
as you thought -- and you need to learn something new. Second, if
you're really that good, you may have to go find an employer who
counts on the ingenuity of his employees. At various points in a
person's career, both risks are necessary and worth taking. Either
way, don't be afraid to do the job your way.
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