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When it comes to making money, I’m inspired by regular, everyday people often driven by their lucrative side hustles. There is fuel being added to that fire. There is passion, understanding, and the strive for bigger and better things. It brings me life. It conjures new ideas to continue perfecting an individual craft or planting a seed for an idea, where we nurture it enough so that one day it'll sprout.
Sadly, we’ve developed so many social constructs, so many boring and unfathomable expectations for ourselves, and others around us, being blind to the fact that it has made us resent one another.
Worse than that, these social constructs and expectations have slowly been morphing us into sour-puss corporate robots.
If you’ve fully immersed yourself into the workforce at the tender age of 16 or perhaps your early 20s, then you’ll understand that with enough time and redundancy comes a wave of change in character.
You’ll realize that the people you once knew and had the pleasure to exchange a couple laughs with while in the break room waiting for the morning coffee to brew, are no longer the same smiling, funny, and bursting social butterflies. Their faces turned sour, their eyes always rolling, their shoulders sinking, and their mouths always sighing are just the first indication that work is no longer fun for them. They have hit a steady, but rather boring plateau. Their work anniversary was just another reminder of how stagnant everything has become.
There is no more fire, no more fuel, no more excitement. It’s just the same shit, different day. Same angry clients, same overly vague talking points. In fact, tomorrow they’re going to have to wake up and do it all over again... just to wake up two weeks later to a check that will be consumed by bills in less than 48 hours.
Round and round like a horse on a carousel.
If you take pride in the work that you do, or perhaps derive lessons from your day job, then you’re in luck because that is what is going to separate you apart from the average corporate robot. Your fire hasn’t been put out by loss of ambitions; it keeps burning due to the immense number of ideas bouncing around in your head. If you’re smart and courageous, you’ll bring up some of these ideas in your meetings with your boss.
Once a pitch falls through, you’ll find yourself working on a project that will not only enhance your resume, but perhaps add a little bit of value to your company’s department. For you, it’s never the same shit. It keeps changing and that’s why you are a corporate bee.
Corporate bees make honey, they hustle... they see ahead and they climb higher.
Whereas corporate robots go through the notions, hate those notions, but will never see beyond the realm of possibilities to try and change them. Their bad attitude and terrible mood can spread like wildfire throughout the office.
Here are the distinctions between CORPORATE BEES and CORPORATE ROBOTS:
Corporate bees will always come up with new plans and strategies. Thus, presenting these new ideas and incorporating necessary strategies based on need to better corporate morale. In a partner-facing situation, where an employee’s main duty is to seek solutions, things can oftentimes escalate and through these experiences, we tend to look for what works better. Corporate bees tend to face these types of situations head-on.
Whereas, corporate robots will whine about them and will even deter from facing a similar situation in the long run. As employees, I think it’s important to express frustrations and dislikes in a healthy way in which we recognize and acknowledge what was done and what could be done to make it better. Corporate robots are blind to that fact.
Corporate bees will capture insights. Whether these are captured in real time, i.e. as a screenshot or on a post-it to relate later, there is a constant line of communication between employees and management. A corporate bee would never keep these insights hidden from the rest of the team. They share newfound knowledge with the rest to better the functionality of the team.
Corporate bees will connect with their customers or clientele/partners to build strong brand image. There are so many detractors in start-up companies and many tech enterprises usually due to lack of knowledge or lack of understanding from the consumer. This is why it’s important, as the brand representative, to show that there is a colloquial approach to conducting business within a particular brand. In a conversation setting, acknowledge that there will be flaws, but here’s what can be done to overcome these setbacks. The tone and level of enthusiasm with which something is spoken about or presented can truly set the rest of that particular partnership.
Corporate robots do not possess active listening skills. They, themselves, are so stuck in their ways that even if they’re wrong, they think they’re right. There’s no way in telling them that they’re wrong either. They won’t hear it.
And if you've seen the latest documentaries about the disastrous Fyre Festival (which I highly recommend watching if you're looking for a good laugh), then you know how an employee's or manager's inability to listen to their peers or modify a plan can lead to a PR catastrophe.
Building a strong brand can turn into monetary value, creating bonuses and rewards for a job well-done. More importantly than that, though, this will create successful long-term growth between the company, its partners, and consumers.
Whatever you do, be receptive to feedback, aware of the distinction between critique and constructive criticism, and be open to change. This will safe you from the consumption of skepticism and dreary moods that often emanate from corporate robots.