Instant gratification. It gets us in trouble every time. One of my BFF’s, Frenae, has a saying, “job long time.” Whenever she is promoted or receives accolades, she reminds us all that she’s been with her company sharing revolutionary ideas and producing results for over 20 years. She started as an intern doing grunt work. She worked when we were partying. She’s been early to rise and burned midnight oil and all of her hard work has produced some amazing results in the past 5 years because she’s been promoted more times than I can recall. Frenae is the Oprah to my Gayle.
Why am I telling you this? I am so glad you asked. “Job long time,” is a reminder that you have to withstand the process and actually do the work. The day you start the job is most definitely NOT the day you get the promotion. You don’t even get paid on day one. Day one is the day you plant the seed. And don’t show up being a “Debbie Downer” or a “Negative Nancy” or even a “Troublesome Todd!” Have a positive attitude and be teachable. Personally, I am 12 years into Corporate America, and I spend a lot of time listening before speaking.
Frenae is a great example of patience and humbleness. She showed up. She did the work. She took on side projects. She shadowed others. Do not get me wrong, I know that work environments are all different and there are places where people are discriminated against and disrespected. Everything is not smooth sailing. Even in those cases you have to show up with your head on strong and straight while keeping your eye on the prize. We will talk about that later though…
Whew! I always come back to “job long time!” I am not a rookie, I am a vet! I show up every day to do my job, enhance my skills, build relationships and my reputation of being a knowledgeable, dependable team player. I smile at the compliments and accolades. I acknowledge the moving parts and always reiterate that it’s the hard work that makes the difference. Somebody is always watching. I’ve been promoted and offered other projects as a result of my hard work on unrelated projects. People seek you out for promotions and advancement based off of your reputation and results.
Your time is coming! Do not give up! Remember that some seeds take days and others take months, maybe even years to harvest. It’s not a race, it’s a sprint. If you get discouraged remember Frenae was 15+ years in the game before her promotions took off one year after another. I’m sure she’ll be a director in no time and keep soaring! You have to bow your head and stay the course. Remember…. JOB LONG TIME!!!