The rule is this: You will always be paid in direct proportion to what you do, how well you do it, and the difficulty of replacing you. Your aim, therefore, must be to focus on becoming so valuable and important to your company that the company cannot do without you. Your contribution should be so essential that even with market downturns and layoffs, you will be one of the last people that the company would consider letting go.
The way to attain this status is by continually asking yourself, “What does my company need from me?” And “Of all the things that I can do, what are the few things that I do that contribute the most value to my company?”
Finally, when searching for your answers ask yourself this one, final question: “If I could do only one thing all day long, what one thing would that be?” The answer to this question is almost invariably the one task or activity where you contribute the greatest value to your company and to the people around you.
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