Better Mondays - Is This Book For You?
Notes from the Author
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You may be wondering what the book is about …
I wrote Better Mondays for a specific audience—a select group that’s ready to utilize the advantages of the corporation to achieve financial success and personal satisfaction with their career.
You may already be a part of this elite tribe. If so, you know that in nearly every way that counts, you’re very much like other motivated, successful employees—but with one major difference . . .
It’s your life first.
While you project every indication of being a dedicated company man or woman on the outside, you’re in the game for yourself. Your decisions are made from the standpoint of what serves you best—in both the short and long-term. Your on-going relationship with your employer is based on what the company can do for you, and how much you’ll ultimately derive from working there.
Better Mondays will help you . . .
Accomplish your financial goals while meeting your company’s expectations
Use your job as a stepping stone to creating the career you really want
Become known as an “Expert” within your industry
Find meaning, fulfillment, and a sense of satisfaction from your work
Yes, on occasion, you’ve no doubt felt the lure of striking out on your own. You may have even considered the possibility of starting your own business, enjoying the occasional daydream about shedding the layers of bureaucracy, cronyism, politics, and the day-to-day bullshit associated with big business.
But you’ve also realized the truth: Anytime you deal with other people’s needs and wants, you’re going to have to deal with bullshit. It’s the result of trying to meet the subjective, unrealistic, and sometimes, the unreasonable expectations of others, and it happens whether you are an employee or an entrepreneur.
It’s a simple point, but a vital one: There is little difference between an employee and an entrepreneur when examined under the conceptual light of exchanging service for compensation. It all comes down to one inescapable fact: The very concept of work is based on serving the needs of others. An entrepreneur serves his or her customers. An employee serves the company directives.
The sources of the information contained in Better Mondays
Before you dive into the main part of the book, I’d like to provide some insight into the source of this information and why I believe it’s valid.
First, I was adamant this book would not be a rehashing of past sociological studies or a review of psychological data presented as a thematic collection of references to substantiate a specific premise. To avoid this “derivative effect,” I decided the material had to be originally sourced, either from my own experiences or from that of others who agreed to share them.
Second, I insisted the content be applicable, not only in today’s constant debate between the advantages and drawbacks of a corporate career versus the entrepreneurial alternative but within the corporation itself, to give the reader an edge in influencing their longevity and success with their employer.
I’ll admit that before I began my first edit, I was concerned about the “usability” qualifier being too subjective. Knowing that each reader would approach the material with a different level of career experience made me even less sure where to draw the line on what to include and what to leave out. However, as I began receiving feedback from my group of beta test readers, the relevant material became obvious.
If the information helped explain, illustrated a point, or offered specific insights about real-world situations, it made the cut. If it drifted off-topic or gave voice to an irrelevant or dissenting opinion merely for argument’s sake, I cut it. (I’m also pointing my finger at myself here, as I found I was as much a violator as any of my other sources.)
Throughout the book, I refer to “Acme” Corporation. It’s a synonym for the Fortune 500 company where I was employed for fourteen years. The events and situations described are presented as learning experiences.
Finally, I want you to know that I’ve approached this project in the most realistic fashion possible. I’ve tried to identify the vital components of finding financial success within a corporate environment while experiencing the satisfaction of doing meaningful work. I’ve also placed a few red flags when and where appropriate. I realize this transparent approach to revealing the internal workings of the typical corporate employer-employee relationship won’t make many points with Human Resources, and that’s fine. They don’t need to read this book; they already know their ultimate purpose.
As you read, I encourage you to ask a question or two and then determine what’s true for you. My goals in writing the book are simple and straightforward: To help you build a financially rewarding career, take pride in your professional and personal accomplishments, and derive a long-term sense of satisfaction from how you choose to spend the working years of your life.
I welcome your feedback and want to hear your comments and questions.
Coming up next week from Better Mondays: Chapter One - Let’s Get Real
Thanks for reading,
Roger Reid | Success Point 360
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Roger A. Reid, Ph.D. is a certified NLP trainer with degrees in engineering and business. Roger is the author of Better Mondays and Speak Up, and host of Success Point 360 Podcast, offering tips and strategies for achieving higher levels of career success and personal fulfillment in the real world.