The central theme of Let Your Boss Let You Down is to use everyday disappointments at work, your surroundings or any other daily experience to fuel your desire to succeed:
· As an entrepreneur
· As an employee with your eye on the next level
· As a boss
· As a leader
· As a better participant in numerous relationships (family, friends, extended circles)
· As a [you fill in the blank with whatever your desired next role is]
Whatever it is that your inner voice is driving you to do, derive strength and courage from the everyday disappointments, pass-overs, slights and inanities that we all experience in the work day, many of which may be a direct result of actions or inaction by your boss, the lunacy of your current work environment, the stress and/or boredom of your current job and many other factors. The key to all of this, and a subject that we will explore in great detail, is to first identify both those items that are driving you most crazy about your current situation and the items that would exist in your ideal situation and then to redirect whatever feelings of being let down you have and channel those directly into taking concrete steps towards achieving your own goals.
We should also be clear here that we are using the term "boss" to both describe your boss, as well as your work environment, the job you do, the situations you may find yourself in and many other life factors. Using "boss" for this purpose is a fitting term because it allows us to focus our thoughts on turning negatives into positives, as who among us has not at one time or another had a boss that made us feel two feet tall and then thought, "Things would be different if I were the boss!"
So, this brings us to the very important matter of: Why you should let your boss let you down. Here are a few thoughts of the top of my head:
· Let Your Boss Let You Down because it is a blessing. As a smart, self-motivated person, every time things don’t go as expected or your way it adds to the mountain of evidence stacking up to drive you to where you want to be: whether that is in a new job, as your own boss or foot loose and fancy free for a while. Embrace it. Draw inspiration and fuel from it. Focus your energies on what really matters to get yourself to your next level.
· Let Your Boss Let You Down because it is inevitable. Who among us hasn’t questioned our boss’ behavior or decisions or the lack of speed with which they recognize our efforts and promote us? In many cases, it may not be your boss’ fault: they may not be able to do certain things because of the organization in which they and you work, they may simply not know any better or they may be in a state of being let down by their boss and may be completely disengaged. The bottom line is that your boss is human, is not the same person that you are and will utlimately, in some way, end up disappointing you. Don't let that disappoint be a tool of power that is used over you. We can only really feel disappointed over the long term if we allow ourselves to feel that way, so we are in control of our state of thought and being.
· Let Your Boss Let You Down because it is a learning experience. Everything you perceive as a failure in your boss is an opportunity to examine how you would have handled things differently. This cannot help but make you a better, more “in-tune” leader, even if you are just leading yourself.
· Let Your Boss Let You Down because it turns negative into positive energy. We’ve all bitched about our bosses and work situations that get us down, but all of the energy that we spend dwelling on slights and gossiping about bad behavior is negative; if you choose to accept that you will be disappointed and welcome these opportunities (though please don't go creating them!), you can instead focus those energies on the positive aspects of learning why your boss makes you crazy and how you can be a better employee, boss, leader or entrepreneur.