In Western culture, we generally start working in our late teens. Although, there has also been a trend of people surprisingly not even entering the work force until they are in their late 20’s. Call it a bit of the silver spoon perhaps or the soft-landing nature of today’s parenting in our culture.
One thing is certain and that is the following. Many people do not understand basic concepts of service oriented businesses. An interesting parallel here is how people do not receive formal, structured education on the study of money either. Which is of course a very important topic in daily life. People can literally scratch their heads when it comes to understanding how to get started with their finances and building a lifetime of wealth. Likewise, providing services, acquiring new skills and building a lifetime of learning habits can be just as confusing because it’s not integrated into our education system yet.
Now, if you’re in a position where you feel like you’re ‘working for more work’, then this article will help. Working for more work is a concept which only makes sense to someone who is seemingly stuck inside of the loop. The loop looks like this. You find some form of work, in that you’re providing a service to a customer in some form and they are paying you for that service. Then, at some point, there is stagnation in the relationship. As the service provider, or employee or whatever your title may be, you feel as though you are working only to acquire more work from that person.
What’s interesting here, is how what I’ve just described is an accurate and good relationship between a service provider and their customer. Shouldn’t you want more work? Of course. But the error comes in when you look at how the service provider is failing to do something quite crucial to develop the relationship.
What is it? It’s the step where the service provider achieves success with the originally agreed upon service. And then service provider can offer more service.
So getting stuck in a ‘working for more work’ loop is merely a poor perspective which the service provider has, or the employee. It could look like you’re an employee of some business and it seems like all you are doing at your job is providing your service in exchange for the opportunity to provide more service. This in and of itself goes nowhere. Only when you jump outside of the loop and recognize that the stagnation is a perspective, and the door is always open to leave that client or job, to offer more service, etc. Then you can breakout of this loop.
With this now in mind, you may also see why some people complain about not making more money at their jobs. But then if you ask them what have they done about it, they may likely have nothing to say behind all the complaints. There in lies another topic for another day.