Let Your Boss Let You Down - Part 2 - Why You Should Let Your Boss Let You Down

by Davis Foth 16. January 2012 20:49

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. 

Let Your Boss Let You Down: Using Everyday Disappointments to Fuel Your Success - Part 1

by Davis Foth 7. January 2012 15:59

As mentioned in the previous post, this is the first of a series of posts that will explore how to use every day disappointments in our day jobs to drive us to realize our dreams ... whether that is of owning or running our own business, improving ourselves in some way (fitness, learning, spiritual enlightenment, etc.) or anything else we want to do for us and those around us. 


WARNING: Reading further may cause you to get less stressed about your job and more excited about the great things ahead of you in your life.


We’ve read all the books and seen all the movies – The Secret, The Power of Feelings, The Four Hour Work Week and all of the Rich Dad Poor Dad Series.  We’ve been to feel good seminars, done our vision boards, vibrated our good intentions and asked the universe for what we want and pictured ourselves receiving it.

 

All of these have something to offer and if you can take and apply one thing from each and feel more confident, in control and participate more fully in your life, then they are worthwhile investments of your time and money. 

 

We have set the modest goal of aiming to do all of this and more.  We are not promising riches, we are promising identification and realization through giving you concrete ways to examine your particular situation, set your priorities and lay out a set of simple and effective tools to help you execute on your plan for your life.

 

A good friend once said that he figured his job was OK if 20% of his day and the work he was doing was interesting.  For most of us, that is probably an accurate figure and many days we are on the 10- to 20% side of that picture.  This is probably why we all love Dilbert so much.  Because it seems that no matter what you do or where you work, the hopeless office situations in Dilbert occur, ranging from meaningless make-work projects to efficiency initiatives to “Peter Principle” promotions.  No matter where you are, who you work for or what you are doing, more often than not it seems like you are beating your head against a wall. 

 

But what is that telling us?  Should that be acceptable to us? Is that acceptable to you? We know that we have been in more Dilbert situations than we can count and, while the comic strip is still funny, the joke in our day job and from our boss appears to be on us.

 

It is not that your boss is necessarily good or bad.  Letting your boss let you down is not about your boss.  It is not about your work.  It is not about your company or organization.  It is about you.  Your boss may not be aware.  They may not be a good leader. The company/organization to which you both belong may not allow him/her to fully realize his or her own goals, dreams and ambitions and they may not see any way out.  Their boss may actually be letting them down as well.  Either way, if you have ever felt disappointment in your job or felt that you could do better than your boss or wanted something different, then this is for you. 

 

We've browsed the airport newstand book racks and been tempted by all of the books promising achievement of personal fulfillment, riches, enlightenment and everything else under the sun ... and then we went back to our day jobs, time passed and we felt our inspiration wane.  But not anymore.  Over the past two years, we've remembered back to all of the books and the seminars and the vision boards and we harnessed our feelings of everyday discontentment and we started taking action.  A lot of action.  So much so that we met at a Starbucks coffee shop one Saturday afternoon and drafted up the full concept for BuzzOurBiz.com in three hours and six lattes.  We have started taking action on our own - separate from our boss and our day jobs - and that has made us more able to accept the day to day disappointments, use them to our advantage and feel more in control.  We want to explore our transition and continuing journey to independence with you.  Any and all comments that you have are welcome!

Happy New Year! Looking Back on 2011 and Looking Forward to 2012

by Davis Foth 4. January 2012 20:53

Happy New Year to all!  The end of 2011 has been a great opportunity for us to look back on all that has happened this year.  BuzzOurBiz was officially launched in March 2011, we experienced steady growth and our fabulous users (that means you!) now number in the several thousands and we’ve received and incorporated great feedback from you into the site.  As we look forward to everything we have planned for 2012 we constantly think about our core mission of making BuzzOurBiz the most trusted source for anyone looking for services, which we aim to accomplish in two ways: 1) constantly improving the tools for service providers to advertise and promote their businesses online through BOB and, in that way, enabling the entrepreneur in everyone; and 2) seeking and getting more and more quality reviews for the ads and service providers on the site.

In the beginning of 2012, we will be adding the ability for you to add a link back to your website/blog/facebook page or other area where you might have information about your business, streamlining the layout of your ads and BuzzOurBiz in general and improving the functionality for your photos in your ads so they are more user friendly for your potential or current customers. 

We will also be adding a feature to this blog called “Let Your Boss Let You Down” where we will be exploring how to use every day disappointments in our day jobs to drive us to realize our dreams of owning and running our own business – either full time, part time or just sometimes on the side.  We welcome any and all comments you have on what we post and hope that you will add your experiences and thoughts as well!  In time, Pankaj and I hope that we will be able to package up the blog posts into a standalone site to help others channel their inner entrepreneur, as we fundamentally believe that everyone out there has a great idea (or three!) to convert into a money-making endeavor that will help in securing their financial independence and, in the course of working towards those goals, ensuring that we all feel more independent even as we continue to go to work for “the man” (in the short term, at least!).

Thank you for being a big part of our success in 2011 and for letting BOB play a part in yours.  Please keep the comments - both good and critical - coming ... that is the only way we can make sure that BOB is always serving you better and better.

Happy New Year!

Davis Foth

Recent Upgrades to BuzzOurBiz

by Pankaj Bhawnani 29. May 2011 21:22

We have been busy working on things in the BOB background and as of this weekend we released some changes that should make your BOB experience better. 

Firstly, we have integrated Google map functionality so that if you have specified an address in your ad, it will show your exact location to prospective clients when they view your ad.  Putting your address in is, of course, optional, but we strongly encourage you to click on "Edit Ad" when you are logged in to your profile (under "My Ads") and add your address in so that your customers can find you.  Ultimately, this will allow users to view all ads within any specified distance of where they are (whether on their computers or linked to their mobile devices) and will help you get found by that "drive by" traffic!  All you have to do is add in your address.

Secondly, we have done a lot of work to improve our cities and countries list so that we cover the bases for our ever expanding base of users - you! 

Thirdly, we have split the "Dating & Intimate" category into "Dating" and "Intimate" categories in their own right.  The Dating category is for the general world of dating - matchmaking, dating sites, other services (counselling, etc.) - and the Intimate section is for the truly intimate: whether it is for people looking for companionship or something more.  The Intimate section is different from the other categories of ads on BuzzOurBiz as it does not permit "Reviews". We encourage all those looking for dates or other intimate relationships to post an ad there ... it can't hurt!

Thank you for using BOB!

Pankaj

Founder, BOB

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Press Release Announcing Official Launch of BuzzOurBiz! Thank you BOB-ers!

by Administrator 21. March 2011 21:21

Thanks to the ads, networking and comments of all of you early BOB-ers, we are pleased to announce the official launch of BuzzOurBiz as of last Wednesday, March 16!

Here is a link to the press release, which talks about the official launch and BOB being a mash up a social networking site with reviews and ratings, all on top of a local classifieds platform:

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/03/prweb5165454.htm

We're aiming high, as you can see in this excerpt:

"We're setting our sights on being the only social services classifieds site that people need to go to for finding trusted and reviewed local service providers and we're going to continue to work on making BuzzOurBiz an even more useful and fun platform on which they can connect.”

Plans for the next release of the site includes the launch of an iPhone app that will show users the online presence of people offering or available for services within a 10, 25, 50 or 100km radius so that users can reach them by just a tap on their phone to bring them a home cooked meal, be their nanny for the day, help them correct a home DIY-disaster, assist them with shopping and so on. Live presence and chat functionality will also be included in the next release.


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