Sometimes, the most valuable players in a company are the ones you will never meet unless you try. They are working in the infrastructure of the organization. There are valuable players at all levels and all areas of the company. I hear employees constantly saying, “I can’t make a difference, I am only a ______ (insert whatever title here, Analyst, Manager, Director, Call Center Representative, etc.).” The most valuable lesson that you can ever learn, and can pass along to all others that you come in contact with, is that everyone can make a difference. You can all make a difference in any position that you find yourself in. Thinking that you cannot make a difference is dangerous. It limits you, in that you put boundaries around yourself. If you believe that you cannot make a difference, then you can’t. Your own beliefs actually could bar you from achieving great things (and making a greater pay). Don’t let the little voices within yourself try to talk you out of making a difference in your world, win out.
If you are waiting for X title or Y position to make a difference for the company, you could harm your ability to get X title or Y position. The best way to excel and achieve in your company, is to begin making a difference right where you are. Work on standing out. Try to do the job you have been given better than anyone ever has. Knowing your strengths, and using them, will aid you in this regard. It is a fabulous place to start. Pick the parts of your job that you love to do. These are the areas that you will work to excel in. If your strengths are in areas that you cannot really apply to your position, then you can volunteer for special projects that do apply your strengths. Applying your distinct strengths will be the best way for you to stand out and excel.
Work to make a bigger difference than others in your organization. Everyone can make a difference right where you are.
by Bethany Williams