Sometimes You’re Not A Boss. You’re A Worker.

By Rogan Smith |
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Rogan Smith

I’m going to make this quick.

I hear so many people claiming to be a boss. “I’m a boss”, “I make boss moves”, “I’m a boss chick.” Frankly, I’m bossed out.

There’s nothing wrong with aspirations. Nothing wrong with thinking of yourself in a positive light. But, are your pronouncements in line with who and what you really are?

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Joseline Hernandez

There are too many people out here faking it until they make it rather than working hard in silence and letting the work speak for itself.

There’s a saying that empty barrels make the most noise. It’s true. The people who orchestrate and strategize behind closed doors only to surprise you when everything is done are the ones who earn my respect. They don’t talk. They show. They understand that talking is futile.

Just saying the words, ‘I’m a boss’ will not make you a boss. You actually have to work to be the boss.

At the risk of sounding cliché, you have to pay the cost to be the boss. Basically, it means you have to put in work. You have to be disciplined with razor-like focus. You have to do what others are unwilling to do. Work late hours when others have long gone to bed. You have to sacrifice. You have to hustle. Being a real boss is real work. Its value should not be diminished and reduced to nothing more than a catchy hashtag.

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A real boss chick, Beyonce. Her work speaks for itself.

Until you’re willing to put in the effort and ultimately have something tangible to show for your efforts, please stop calling yourself a boss. For now, you’re a worker.

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