Are you familiar with the movie “Love and Basketball”? It’s one of my favorite romantic movies of all time. The movie is about, you guessed it – love and basketball. In the movie, the girlfriend (played by Sanaa Lathan) has a really difficult time finding her place on the college team. Her position is filled with the star of the team. It seems impossible for her to get into the game. It appears she has a permanent spot on the bench. In addition, the coach is “picking” on her and pushing her harder than the other girls. The star player tells her that she was just sloppy seconds because the original girl became pregnant, which forfeited her scholarship. Just cruel! One game, as the girlfriend rides the bench, the star athlete gets hurt. Who takes her place- you guessed it, the freshman. She perfoms so well that when the star recovers from her injury, the “freshman” continues to play. The star athlete gives the freshman powerful advice “Never let a freshman take your spot”.
This is great advice in the workforce too. So many people become complacent with their positions and they forget to level up. They don’t adhere to the shifting career gears series. If you are not careful, the newly hired could be your boss in the next year. Here are 3 ways to avoid losing your spot to a freshman in the 4th quarter.
It’s really important to understand that longevity does not secure your spot on the team. If you become complacent with your work, it will not be rewarded. Instead, it will be viewed as laziness and you lack interest in climbing the corporate ladder. Don’t allow a freshman to take your promotions! Level up! Reset your perception in the office. Even when you think you’re working hard, work harder. Notice I never say to treat the newcomer bad and call them “sloppy seconds”. There is no need to conduct yourself unprofessionally. Be kind to them and remember how you felt when you first started your role. #youareworthmore than losing your spot to the newcomer on the team. #knowyourworth and reintroduce yourself to the organization. Stick a strong switch up game (career strategy), a wicked jump shot (action), and a slam dunk (results) on your #careerkeychain.
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