Do you remember Jerry McGuire? It was a cold hard look at how athletes were depicted as commodities.
Now think about yourself. You don’t necessarily have a fast-talking agent out there selling you like a commodity. You are most likely in possession of some talents which have been exchanged for a market value – your salary, benefits, stock options or other forms of compensation. What if you thought more like the free agent athlete? The football player who knows his contract is finite and conditions can change?
Perhaps you do need some agency to supplement your lack of salesmanship. Think of your employer as one of your customers and develop more along the way. You may want to start by simply reading Bill Jensen’s Work 2.0 which captures the spirit and essence of aligning as a knowledge worker in this rapid economy.
Break the illusion and step into reality. Stephen Covey said, “Security is not a job to me. Security is in my ability to produce.”
Get truly secure in your mind.