[On Growth at Work] Working affects growth! Will you be unemployed at the age of 35?

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Why do some people earn millions a year while others are unemployed?

Oops, how come someone can earn an annual salary of one million in just 4 years after graduation? The current employment environment is so severe, this must be a lie! Ah, I always see such doubts, which really makes people speechless. I want to say, I also hope this is true! But the reality is, why do some programmers face unemployment at the age of 35, while other programmers at the age of 35 have a prosperous career? Today, let me share with you my understanding.

First of all, we must understand that the value of any job consists of at least two parts: one part is the direct income, that is, the salary we can get; the other part is the growth brought about by the job. This kind of growth is a kind of development that is difficult to quantify, including the improvement of skills, the accumulation of connections, and various seemingly abstract but crucial experiences and qualities.

Because this growth is difficult to quantify, many people overlook its importance. Some people are even willing to sacrifice their long-term growth opportunities for short-term gains. Some jobs although the income is considerable, but lack room for growth, we call it "moving bricks"; while some jobs, although the initial income is not high, can bring huge room for growth, such as internships for college students or some entry-level jobs. Position.

Imagine there are three programmers, and they all make about the same amount of money. The first person works hard every day, doing repetitive "brick-moving" work, and often even needs to work overtime; the second person's work content is relatively complicated, and he has an experienced elder brother to lead him. From the elder brother, he can I learned a lot of valuable experience and skills; the third person seems relaxed and often actively participates in various activities in the company, gets to know various bosses, and communicates and learns with them.

Who is most likely to be promoted to management in a few years? Who might become a technology tycoon? Who might be at risk of being laid off? The answer is self-evident.

To give another example, many college students are urged by their parents to take part-time jobs while they are in school. Parents may say: "Oh, why don't you work part-time? I think college students all work part-time." But in fact, if you choose to do some low-skill, low-growth part-time jobs during college, such as being a clerk in a milk tea shop, etc. Then you may have given up a huge growth opportunity. Because college time is a critical period for a person's knowledge accumulation, skill improvement and interpersonal relationship building.

Of course, some trolls may jump out at this time and say: "Oh, some people can't even afford to eat if they don't work part-time. This blogger really doesn't understand anything!" But I want to say that I am not advocating. No one does part-time jobs or makes money. I just want to emphasize one point: when choosing a job, we must not only consider the immediate income, but also whether the job can bring us long-term growth and development opportunities.

Finally, back to the original question: Why do some people earn millions a year? And some people are unemployed? In fact, the answer is simple: those who earn millions a year are not only working hard to make money, but also constantly investing in and improving themselves; while those who are unemployed may only see immediate benefits and ignore long-term growth and development opportunities. Therefore, if you want to succeed in the workplace, you must not only work hard, but also choose wisely and work hard!

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