Once you get an internship or a job, start acting like you are the owner. Please don’t think that I want you to boss your colleagues around and tell everyone what to do.
Instead, you should look at the company that you are working for, as a company of your own. Think about the long term goals of the company, and ask yourself, “How can I contribute to them?” The point of acting like “the boss,” is to make you care about the company on a deeper level than everyone else. Why? Because, you will take your job a lot more seriously, and you will perform much better than any of your colleagues.
Therefore, if you see room for improvement in any area of your company, act upon it.
- If you see a way to cut costs, even if it’s just within your department, by all means – cut them.
- If you see that people around the office are not recycling because there is no recycling bin nearby – set one up.
Acting like a boss is not easy, because you must look at everything from two different perspectives – as an employer and an employee.
What does this all mean at the end? This concept can allow you to go as far as you want, whether it’s just a pay raise or as much as a big promotion. Try it out. I think you will find your job a whole lot more interesting and exciting!