What’s the secret to career success?

Over the years I’ve hired a lot of people.

Whenever I interview someone for a job, I always ask them why they’re applying.

Most people reply: “Because I’m looking for a better opportunity.” What they really mean is that they want more money.

Money is obviously important, especially when you have too little of it. But simply chasing a job opportunity only because it pays you a higher salary is usually a bad move.

Every employee is an entrepreneur with one exclusive customer – his employer.

In order to see and harvest opportunities, you must think this way. Regardless of who you work for, you always work for yourself!

Your opportunity is not to get rich. Riches are a consequence, not a goal. Your mission should be defined as how you’re going to serve others.

Unfortunately, many people provide their employers or customers with indifferent or poor service. You may feel that you have been forced to take a job that is beneath your dignity or capabilities, so you don’t perform well. You may feel that you have been pushed into a career or into a business that doesn’t suit you.

But regardless of your circumstances, if you provide poor service to your employer or to your customers, you are an idiot. Remember – you are the sole proprietor of your own business. Call it YOU Un-Ltd. There is no limitation on your own growth. But if you refuse to take responsibility for running your own business, blame others, and provide poor service, YOU WILL NEVER SUCCEED.

To unlock huge opportunities, you must provide nothing less than FANTASTIC SERVICE, at all times. Regardless of where you are, where you work, or what your job title is, you should always look for opportunities to be useful. That’s because the greatest opportunities come from providing useful service to your customers.

Early in my life, even though I had recently graduated from a good college, I was forced by circumstances to take the lowest level job in a restaurant – scrubbing pots and pans.

But I was the best damned pot scrubber that restaurant had ever employed. The service I provided was so superb, that my employer quickly offered me better opportunities for growth. Within less than a year, I had mastered every position in the restaurant, and was offered the job of manager.

Never forget this – you are always the sole proprietor of your own business. 

It’s up to you, and only you, to ensure that you can identify and provide the greatest value possible, so that both you and your customers can grow together.