Make Yourself UN-FIREABLE. How to Become Invaluable to Your Employer, Customers or Clients

Wealthy, successful individuals are fanatics when it comes to daily career-related, self-improvement. The reason? Wealthy people understand that knowledge creates opportunities and opportunities lead to good luck. Consequently, wealthy people are in constant pursuit of industry-related knowledge in order to help them identify these opportunities. Engaging in career-related, self-improvement makes individuals more valuable to their employer, customers or clients and helps them to rise up the ladder of financial success. I uncovered four career-related, self-improvement strategies that the wealthy put to use on a daily basis in order to make themselves UN-FIREABLE: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Repetition by Doing. Each one gets you higher up the ladder of financial success.

Strategy #1 Reading 

In my five-year research study on the daily habits of wealthy and poor individuals, I made many profoundly important discoveries. For example, 88% of the wealthy individuals in my research read self-help books/articles and industry-related books/articles. The wealthy are fanatics when it comes to daily career-related, reading. By increasing their knowledge base they are able to see more opportunities and these opportunities translate into more money. The wealthy set aside an average of thirty minutes a day for self-help reading. They do this day in and day out, like brushing their teeth. They understand that self-help reading helps set themselves apart from their competition. Reading helps make you more valuable to your employer, customers or clients.

Comparatively speaking, only 2% of the poor in my study engaged in this self-help reading.

Strategy #2 Writing

38% of the wealthy in my study engaged in some form of career-related writing with 18% writing for industry magazines. Writing is a form of communication. Because you are writing on a topic, you must gain a more comprehensive understanding of that topic than reading alone can provide. Successful individuals engage in writing in a number of ways including: company newsletters, industry newsletters, newspaper articles, industry publication articles, Internet articles and customer/client letters. Writing helps you get noticed in your industry and perceived as an expert. It increases your value to your employer, customers or clients

Comparatively speaking, none of the poor in my study engaged in career-related writing.

Strategy #3 Speaking

23% of the wealthy engaged in career-related speaking, with 12% doing their speaking at trade group functions. Speaking, like writing, is a form of communication. Speaking requires a greater understanding of a subject matter than writing or reading will provide. In a speaking engagement you may be asked a question and this makes it a two-way communication process. When you are “the expert” on a speaking topic you must fully comprehend that topic, inside and out. This requires a more detailed study that reading and writing together cannot provide. Speaking forces you to dig deeper and expand your knowledge base. Speaking elevates your perceived expertise in the eyes of your audience, who may be fellow supervisors, customers or clients.

Comparatively speaking, none of the poor in my study engaged in career-related speaking.

Strategy #4 Repetition by Doing

Experts say it takes 1,000 correct repetitions to develop muscle memory. These same experts also say that each incorrect repetition requires ten more just to wash away that one mistake from your brain’s muscle memory. Repetition over and over will turn you into an expert. There is simply no better way to perfect your knowledge and skills in a given area than through Repetition by Doing. Repetition in a particular area gets you closer to perfection than reading, writing or speaking ever could. Each time you repeat a specific task in a particular area you become more efficient and more expert. Repetition allows you to make and fix mistakes. It allows you to improve and perfect your skill-set. Through Repetition by Doing you will, in time, become a master in a particular task or subject matter. Repetition by Doing lifts you up to the highest wrung on the career ladder of success.

The most successful of individuals employ all four career-related self-improvement strategies. But you can achieve incredible wealth by dedicating yourself, every day, to just one of these four strategies. Make no mistake about it; it’s not an easy discipline. It’s boring. It’s tedious. But the by-product is the discovery of otherwise hidden opportunities. Opportunities that were there all along, but could not be seen until you took that important step of expanding your knowledge base.

I like to use the following metaphor to best explain how these Rich Habits self-improvement strategies work:

Imagine for a moment that you find yourself surrounded by trees. These trees are a metaphor for opportunities. You see all of the trees that are in front of you. Now imagine off to the side of these trees is a hill. This hill is a metaphor for career-related, self-improvement. What happens when you climb that hill (what happens when you engage in daily career-related, self-improvement)? You begin to notice that there are more trees. As you climb higher and higher up the hill (as you engage in more and more career-related, self-improvement) you realize you were in a forest and what you now see are not just individual trees but a forest; a forest of opportunities. Climbing that hill, engaging in career-related, self-improvement, exposes you to more opportunities in life and in your career.

Utilizing one or more of the career-related, self-improvement strategies will make you more valuable within your industry and indispensable to your employer, customers or clients. Your real and perceived expertise elevates you both within your organization and within your industry allowing you to develop valuable, long-lasting relationships; relationships that can open up the doors to opportunities and relationships that can virtually guarantee you will be among the highest paid in your organization or industry and among the last to get fired by your employer, customers or clients. When you are perceived as indispensable you become UN-FIREABLE.

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
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